Monday, September 12, 2005

Hitting the road

Well, my first day on the road, schlepping When Towns Had Teams went very well. By-and-large, most of the independent bookstores I stopped at were very interested--I did have a couple this morning that didn't seem particularly thrilled about my book, with one them agreeing to take just one book!

By the end of the day, I had visited 10 bookstores/retail establisments and had dropped off 40 books. One pleasant surprise was the Mostly Maine store on Route 1 in Edgecomb. I happened to notice it on while passing north and stopped on my way back south. The owner, Ed Hannan, was very enthusiastic and agreed to take three and thought I'd do well in the spring when the tourists return.

Gary Lawless at Gulf of Maine in Brunswick was very encouraging. I enjoy his store immensely. Not only does he have a wide array of some of the most interesting books you'll find in any bookstore north of Boston, but he is a publisher himself, on his own Blackberry Press imprint. Additionally, Donna Williams in Falmouth at The Book Review and Chris Bowe at Longfellow Books in Portland were excited to receive copies.

Apparently, The Book Review has already received two special orders for When Towns Had Teams, which is very cool. Longfellow Books will be hosting a book signing for me on October 5th at 7pm, so I'm pleased with that.

All in all, a very good day and with this morning's large shipment of pre-ordered books, numerous copies of When Towns Had Teams are making their way out into the bookbuying public.


dottie said...

Congratulations! I am enjoying reading the beginning days of baseball in Maine. I know that there is an audience of baseball enthusiasts who will love this book.

Anonymous said...

Gary Lawless is a fantastic and amazingly wonderful individual.
-timothy j. lambert

Jim said...

Today, I met another wonderful independent bookstore owner in Auburn--Laurie St. Pierre at The Book Burrow.

I concur about Gary Lawless--he's been at it for some 20 some years and he's still enthusiastic and a great encouragement for those of us crazy enough to think we can do this independent publishing thing.