Trevor Dennison of Hop Bottom, PA, has a smile as broad as the nation he travels as a long haul trucker. I would never have had the chance to meet this engaging reader had I depended entirely on social media for social networking.
Facebook is great, but face to face adds critical elements to the equation for authors, things like eye contact, body language and handshakes. Meet someone in person, and you’ve got a chance to establish a more substantial connection than you can in the wispy air of cyberspace.
Trevor showed up for a recent signing at the Steamtown Mall in Scranton, PA. He was interested in Bootlicker, my story of a dark secret that imperils a historic election in South Carolina. We found common ground in several areas, and within a few minutes were laughing like old friends.
I thought that was that, but next thing I knew, Trevor was helping steer people to my table. He even called a friend whom he thought would be interested, but who couldn’t get to the mall in time, and she and I had a brief chat. While all this was going on, we took a picture together and posted it on Facebook.
Hey, the point of this piece is not to replace social media with old-fashioned meet and greet, but to show how they can be used together!
When closing time came, I again thought that was that. Instead, I received a message from Trevor asking for a stack of Bootlicker bookmarks that he could hand out when he’s on the road. Done and done. Another seed planted, and on we go …
Anyone have a similar experience? Please share.