For the long run

Posted By on May 24, 2007

I drove about 350 miles this past weekend on behalf of my book. I spread the word of Cleveland Rock & Roll Memories far south of Cleveland, with a signing Saturday in Ashland and one Sunday in Mansfield, about 20 miles even farther south. I didn’t sell many CRRMs, but I did get it around. One thing that helped was my interview with Gene Davis on Ashland AM station WNCO.

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Another thing that helped was the friendliness of Skip Fulton, the warm proprietor of Ashland’s independent and valiant Cookie Cafe, and of Wendy Flesch, manager of the Barnes & Noble in Mansfield. That Barnes & Noble is the only full-service bookstore between Akron-and Columbus, 70 miles farther south.

That Saturday night, after I returned from Ashland, I went to Public Hall, where the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum was staging its annual gala, a low-priced, oldies-laden concert for new members. I was the star of a May 19 pre-gala reception where new members got free copies of CRRM, courtesy of the publisher, David Gray. I barely had time to eat at the reception, but I was treated like a celebrity, pumping hands and signing autographs. It felt like a breakthrough in that I finally, personally connected to the rock hall, a natural outlet for my book. If the hall winds up making my book an inducement for membership by including a copy of it in the membership price, the promotion will have been well worth it. Here’s hoping.


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