That’s what happens to me. Many (many) times when I go out in public, people feel the need to talk to me. Keep in mind, these are people I have never laid eyes on before and I have not initiated conversation with. I have not even made eye contact with them until they spoke to me. I must have a sign of my forehead that reads, “Please, please, please talk to me!” One time while at the grocery store I learned one woman’s life story when all I really wanted was a box of brownies.
Another time, and this was the time I realized I had been missing out on prime opportunities, a little girl chatted with me about all kinds of things while her mother was shopping for… wait for it… books.
As soon as I got out to my car I kicked myself for not taking advantage of a potential opportunity. What I should have done was ask what kinds of books the mom liked to read.
I learned my lesson. Now, I always have bookmarks, postcards, or business cards on me. The next time someone feels the need to speak to me, a random stranger, I plan to go with it. Maybe I can work what I do into the conversation. Maybe I can plug my books a little bit. Maybe I can make a sale if I happen to have books in my car just waiting for readers.
The moral of the story: Seize the moment. Don’t let an opportunity to talk to others about your books pass you by. Be prepared and be ready.