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  1. Linda Thorne
    July 17, 2015 @ 7:25 pm

    I enjoyed this article. I don’t have the personal experience you have, but from a customer standpoint, I’ve found myself on the timid side when approaching a booth with books. I don’t want to offend anyone, but I’d like to look them over without feeling pushed. And the “feeling pushed” normally comes from inside me, and not the author. I know how hard they want to sell a book, how hard they worked on it, and I feel for them (even though they didn’t ask me to). All these feelings cropping up give me some internal discomfort. It’s just me, mostly. Some books are not in a genre I read, yet the authors manning the booths are friends. I also know how many books I have that I haven’t got to yet. When I step up to a booth with three authors I know, how do I buy from just one? What about the author standing there who I don’t know and only buy from my friend, while he watches?
    Personally, I think if the author has to say anything, it would be, “Let me know if you have any questions.” You are more likely to get questions that way. Again, this is just me.