I was in the Café Del Sol posting flyers for our Spoken Word Open Mic this Saturday night when I witnessed an actual impromptu purchase of Fred’s new book, Slow Road Home,” at the Café counter.
As a friend of Fred’s, an author with a book myself, and a roving blogger who likes to record what interests me, my curiosity was piqued.
“I’m a friend of Fred’s,” I said as I approached the petite blonde woman who was buying the book.
“You are?!” she responded enthusiastically.
“I thought you’d like to know that I just snapped a picture of you for Fred,” I went on.
Her name is Katherine and she lives in upstate New York. In town for a wedding, she had just come from camping at Rocky Knob.
“We love this area,” she gushed and explained that she was in the Café earlier when she had first seen Fred’s book.
“Tell Fred that the back cover description sold me. We’ve been thinking about moving to a place like this,” she went on.
At that point, I handed her my card, the one with my blog address on it that says ‘The Blogkeeper is in,’ and let her know that Fred and I both have blogs and frequently write about Floyd.
“Do you know what a blog is?” I asked. She did. Not only that, she is a writer and has had a blog in the past.
“Look!” I said, pointing to the locally published books by me, David, and Fred (in that order) on a shelf below the counter. “And we’re all bloggers!”
I explained how supportive the café has been to local writers, showing her the open mic flyer in my hand. She offered to get her dog out of her car to pose for the next photo, but I had a date with the grocery store. We promised to stay in touch.
As I headed out the Café door feeling like got a scoop for Fred, I was thinking, ‘That’s the cool thing about the small press. You often get to meet and hear the stories of the everyday people who read your book, even if it comes to you by way of your neighbor.’
~ Originally posted on Loose Leaf Notes on June 16, 2006.