It was the Harpenden Carnival this weekend and I was sharing a stand with my friend Fran who runs Creation Station in the area.
I was feeling pretty fed up as I'd been there since 11am, my gorgeous banner had been ruined in the rain and I'd only sold 6 books. I was thinking about throwing in the towel and then I was visited by a boy in Y8 who made a beeline to talk to me.
HIM (picking up a copy of Jarred Dreams): Cool! What's it about?
ME: Ah thanks! It's about a ghoul who steals children's dreams and stores them in jars in his cellar. A girl comes to live opposite him and he can't steal her dream. The book is the battle between them.
HIM: That sounds awesome! How much is it?
ME: It's £6.99
HIM: Hang on. (goes off to make a call on his phone. Comes back shortly after) Yeah, Mum says I can spend a bit more because it's a book.
ME: Excellent! I'll sign it for you.
So, that made me smile then this morning I got this email from a librarian from a local secondary school who I've been in contact with to try and arrange a school visit:
Just wanted to let you know that one of my Year 8 students came dashing up to the desk this morning with a copy of your book, hugely excited that he'd met you and you'd signed it! He's been recommending it to all our early morning readers. Sounds like it was a very successful event!
Worth it, worth it, worth it, worth it!
Forgot to mention....Stanley, my dog, did pretty well in the dog show that day. If you want to read about his adventures click here: The Stanley Diaries
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