RETURN OF THE READERS
Since the first Thursday in January 2015,
I have been selling my books at the Book Nook, my stall'
at an indoor emporium located in a former bank building two blocks
south of the traffic circle in old Sebring, Florida. The Book
Nook is actually a table and two chairs located against a wall
just inside one of the three entrances to the building. When
I opened the Nook, I had six novels for sale. Since then, I have
added another novel, two short story collections, and a non-fiction
account of my four years as a Federal Investigator.
Sebring is the county seat of mainly agricultural (citrus and
cattle) Highlands County, almost dead center in the southern
third of the peninsula. A large proportion of the residents are
senior citizens who still remember books in print and prefer
them to ebooks, which works to my advantage. Also between Thanksgiving
and Easter, the population of the county almost doubles as many
retirees seek surcease from northern winters. Most of these are
also senior citizens, and many still prefer the feel of a book
in print to that of a Kindle or a Nook. These silver-maned residents
and snowbirds account for the majority of my sales.
Many of these folks are return buyers. Hearing one of our year-rounders
say, "I bought (title) from you and enjoyed it so much,
I wanted to read another of your books. Or the snow-bird
who tells me, I purchased (title) when I was here last
year and would like to buy another of your books to take home
with me. These are the best reviews an author can receive,
and I very much appreciate them.
These readers carry my books to all parts of our country and
in a few instances to Europe. I have sold books to visitors from
California and Maine and most of the states in between. Also,
many share my books with friends and family, some of whom have
visited the Book Nook to purchase a copy for themselves.
The Book Nook will probably never be my ticket to the talk-show
circuit or well-publicized book signings I'm too old to
make the rounds anyhow but it does make my books available
to new and returning readers, and that is what is most important.
I write to be read and enjoyed, and apparently, I am.