The summer sun fought the bite of the autumn air throughout the day, challenging us with a few hot hours followed by a refreshing breeze and the sound of acorns falling. The excitement in the air created a buzz, making it feel like a fall bazaar. But this was better—it was all books.
I went to the Decatur Book Festival to meet other authors and to sell books, but what I found there were stories behind every person I met—readers, fans and authors alike. They all inspired me. My initial fears drained away as I met more and more people. Over 150 people signed up for my blog and newsletter, Pinnacle Insider.
On the first day of the festival, I stood outside of my booth when two young ladies approached me. They were interested in my book and wanted to buy a copy. When I found out they were only 16, I told them I wouldn’t sell it to them. They were very disappointed and rushed to tell me that they’d already read Fifty Shades of Grey. I told them it wasn’t about the sex scenes, that Pinnacle Lust was an intense, emotional novel with mature complexity, that it dealt with moral issues. I felt they were too young to read about. I gave them some bookmarks to bring home to their mothers. I turned down the sale, but was able to sleep that night.
The next day when I was setting up my booth, a woman stopped to buy a book. After purchasing a hardcover copy, she told me that her daughter had been here yesterday and had brought her the bookmark and recommended she stop by and have a look.
In the end I really didn’t miss out on a sale and I was still able to sleep at night.
Doing the right thing sometimes holds its own rewards I guess.
Though at the end of the day I packed away my booth and came home but the people and the stories still linger in my mind.
If you missed the festival, it’s not too late. You can still get your copy of Pinnacle Lust and sign up for my newsletter, Pinnacle Insider.
Thank you for your support—you are my inspiration.