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13 October 2009 @ 09:37 pm
so will ye…  

We have a regular cabbie, Gerry, who knows I’m a writer. Which is to say, he knows I write. I have a vague and desperately incorrect assumption that when I say I’m a writer, people take it to mean I’m, you know. Published. Because that’s what *I* mean. But today in the cab on the way home he said to me, “So will ye be finishin’ yer first book soon?”

“Actually,” I said, somewhat bemused, “my thirteenth book came out in September.”

The man nearly dropped his teeth. After a bit of spluttering with astonishment he asked questions–how do I get paid, and, “I don’t mean to be cheeky, but are ye doin’ well?” Upon being told URBAN SHAMAN has sold some forty or fifty thousand copies, “Jaysus,” says he, “thirteen books! I never met a writer before! And are ye writing the fourteenth?”

More spluttering ensued when I said no, I was writing the nineteenth. “Nineteenth! What happened to the rest of them!” So I explained that some were on their way toward publication and others hadn’t been sold yet, while he goggled in amazement. I said to wait a moment when he’d dropped us off, and I’d give him a copy of one of my books. He said, “Sure and I’ll never read it, but that’d be grand!” I gave him a copy of URBAN SHAMAN, and he liked the cover *laughs*.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: amusedamused
anthony_lionanthony_lion on October 14th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
My bet is that he'll keep the book in the cab, to use as a conversational piece - 'The author is one of my regular pasengers' - type.
Then, if he's got a slow nightshift, he may pick it up 'to while away the time between trips'...

And soon he'll ask you about what other books you've written...

Who knows, some of his passengers may remember the cover of the book and pick it up in a bookstore, too?

Edit: All this talk about Urban Shaman piqued my interest, so...
Did you kow that Amazon has a '4 for 3' offer on just 3 of the 4 Walker Papers?
Also, some of them were more expensive as Kindling than as dead tree editions. Weird...

Edited at 2009-10-14 08:00 pm (UTC)