Manny P. here…
Well the book made it to the Portland Airport Holiday Inn for The Great Northwest Booksellers Association fall meeting. This is a wholesaler’s convention dedicated to marketing the book to nationwide distributers. I can tell you this trade show is fun!!
I arrived at 10am. Spoke with others in my entourage from The Book Publishers Network, and they were all kind enough to show me the ropes. I met with wholesale distributors, talked with librarians and book store representatives, and at 11:30am did a book signing from our booth. The highlight of the book signing was the enthusiasm shown to me by Barnes & Noble and Costco representatives. They were very specific that they wanted to sell the books in their stores!!
At 2pm, Ed Nixon arrived, and we in his entourage swarmed him like bees. He was very gracious to all. I showed him the photo of his brother, President Richard Nixon with John Wayne and Henry Kissinger, I have in Forgotten Hollywood in the Ward Bond chapter, and he opened up with some great stories aout his days when his brother was in the White House. I will post a picture of Ed Nixon & I once we return home.
Laurie (my wife) showed up soon after her tour of the city, and she seemed to make friends whichever booth she visited. Ed was really cordial with her, engaging in a conversation about the past and other matters of interest.
Now its off to dinner with our entourage to discuss the day’s conquests with the other authors. I hope to actually visit the city once we finish eating!
One last note…I received my first comment from VIGI….go check it out. “Forgetten Hollywood” will be on sale at a Bird Expo at the Granada Pavilion in Granada Hills, California this Sunday. I believe the bird fair is offering a special deal to those who mention this blog, and buy my autographed copy of the book. They are also giving away a free feather for use as a bookmark with every purchase.
Until next time> “never forget”