I just returned from a three-week trip to England, Wales and Scotland and as usual, took a copy of each of my books published by Oak Tree Press. I find giving away books is a good way to meet friends, start interesting conversations and have my name in areas that wouldn’t likely see my children’s books.
One book, Camouflage, went to a family who had us over for dinner. Although this book is for young children and the family had teenagers, there were many nieces and nephews who were younger and would enjoy the book. Even the teenagers had fun hunting for the wild animals hidden in the illustrations.
Two other books, Butterfly Girls and The Mysterious Case of the Missing Birthday Cake, I gave to our guide’s delightful, four-year-old granddaughter. I chose these two books because they are for younger children and especially little girls. At one point in the evening we met, this little girl asked me to read the books I had “drawn” for her. Cute!
I had two books left, When Caterpillars Dream and Ants on a Log. What to do with these? Fortunately, in Scotland I met another children’s author, William Sloan. He had self-published two books for his grandchildren, and we exchanged books. His books are small black and white editions with line drawings. A Grandfather’s Tales is full of delightful short stories. Of Bees and Bats, of Crocodiles and Cats is poetry much in the vein of A. A. Milne’s Christopher Robin.
As we talked, I learned that Bill Sloan admits to being a child at heart. He has a keen eye for observation and wonderful sense of humor. We talked about self-publishing and book sales. Unfortunately, we did not have much time to visit. I am happy to see that his books are available online in the U.S. from LULU.Com.
No matter where I travel, I always meet children, adults or other authors. When I offer them one of my children’s books, it always starts an interesting conversation, a connection and hopefully a fond memory. I know I shall always treasure these moments.