Monday, February 6, 2012
Amazing Thing Happened at Barnes & Noble
Anyway, so I talked to a LOT of kids Saturday, encouraging them to write and answering questions. A lot, a lot, a lot. And now it's Monday and I've realized what has happened because of it.
1) Those kids walked away inspired. So inspired they were telling the cashiers about me. Saying how nice I was (and the author next to me, who jumped right in and helped answer questions). They received so many compliments about us, that we were invited to come back THIS Saturday and sign again for Valentine's. Just she and I.
2) Those kids told their parents. One mom even wrote me the following email:
"I just wanted to thank you so much for what you did for my daughter and her friend today at Barnes and noble. These girls are on cloud 9 right now because of your encouragement and kind words. "Amazing" is the word my daughter kept using. I really think you have influenced them in a great way. I hear they are going to dedicate their first book to you! :) This experience is something they won't soon forget and again I thank you for that. :)
Best wishes for you and your writing,
3) Those kids went and told their teachers today. I am now booked to speak at a school on the 29th. This teacher was so sweet on the phone explaining how the girls rushed straight to her class the second they were dropped off to school and were so excited, they were talking over themselves begging her to get me to come to the whole class so everyone could hear what I had to say.
Lesson? Talk to kids. They listen. What's more... I could sign a million books to adults... but inspiring a kid to write, who can't afford your book, but squeals when they get your autograph on a bookmark--priceless. :)