The Timesaver

Months ago, before any of my tour was actually set up, we agreed to do an event with our good pal Munther on Anna Maria Island. He runs several businesses on the island, most notably The Timesaver, a convenience store that is the unlikely home to an excellent wine selection. After much planning, we decided on Friday, the 14th, officially the last stop on the hardcover tour. So, after swank events such as the Union League of Chicago, fabulous dinners at the likes of Metro Bis and big bookstore events such as the Borders on Columbus Circle in New York, I found myself perched on a stool in a convenience store, I sat, making small talk, minging with guests, next to a stack of my books set on a tabe next t the snacks, jerky and soft drinks aisle, across from the wine.

But you know what? It was fun. The store’s Friday late afternoon wine tastings always draw a crowd – even on Friday, when a mild tropical storm cropped up, resulting in an absolute downpour. Undaunted, about 40 people turned up, and I sold more than a dozen books, and another four people showed up with their own copies to sign; that’s a better turnout and sales record that I’ve had at most bookstores. Munther kept my wine glass full during the whole event, and he got a photographer from the local paper turned up.

So, fellow authors, never dismiss any potential event. You never know.


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