Countdown to Publication Date: Two Weeks

My book has been printed in advance of the November 6thpublication date. Twenty were shipped to Page 158 Books in Wake Forest, North Carolina. This past Saturday the bookstore hosted an Author Speed Dating Dinner as part of the first Wake Forest Lit Fest. Proceeds from the event will support distribution of children’s books to households that could otherwise not afford them.

At the cocktail hour, the ticket holders and authors socialized. The attendees then sat at one of ten tables and were served dinner as we authors stopped at each table to speak about our books for ten minutes. However, since there were 19 of us, an author was paired randomly with another giving each of us only five minutes. One author had the whole ten minutes allotted to discuss her book. I didn’t envy her. After making it to eight tables with my author buddy, I was glad I didn’t have the full ten minutes, and that we stopped table-hopping two tables short of the ten. The interaction with the attendees varied from table to table, giving me a chance to adjust my spiel accordingly. A great indoctrination to the art of the sale. It was tiring but fun! I woke up the next morning with a raspy voice.

Here I am acting like a real author signing my book. This couple bought two. I sold a total of four books. Considering there were about fifty people in the audience and 19 of us authors, I’m happy with that.


My author buddy was Debbie Moose, who was selling her seventh cookbook: Carolina Catch: Cooking North Carolina Fish and Shellfish from MOUNTAINS TO COAST. After hearing her promotion eight times, I bought the book. It’s a lovely book with great pictures and enticing recipes.In fact, I am cooking one of her catfish recipes tonight.  

By Marianna Crane

After a long career in nursing--I was one of the first certified gerontological nurse practitioners--I am now a writer. My writings center around patients I have had over the years that continue to haunt my memory unless I record their stories. In addition, I write about growing older, confronting ageism, creativity and food. My memoir, "Stories from the Tenth Floor Clinic: A Nurse Practitioner Remembers" is available where ever books are sold.

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