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Lovely Jan (my wife) and I felt really nervous as we made our way to W H Smith in Sutton High Street for the signing, mainly because we’d never done anything like it before!
Sarah had laid out the books in a beautiful and very attractive display, close to the check-outs so in prime position. We started dead on 11 am and by midday had sold 8 copies. I soon discovered that the only way this would work was by approaching the customers. No one would just come up to me to buy one. I asked dozens of people whether they’d be interested and many were and wanted to talk about the book.
Then there was a dead time from about 12.15 until 1.45. I couIdn’t persuade anyone to buy! I held this one copy in my hand for so long it warmed right through and I had to change it! Then another burst of activity, interesting questions and friendly banter. Jan chipped in and that helped a lot. Our daughter Mel came in with drinks and food. Thanks, Mel! And, with a bit of a push, another 13 sold. So all up, we sold 21! Simon the manager was delighted. A successful day and not quite as nerve-racking as we expected!