Randy Cassingham, whom many of you know via This Is True, was slated to speak at the July 2008 Mensa annual convention in Denver, and he suggested I do likewise. (No, it was more like there was no option.)
I had no idea what to expect. I asked for a “small” room (seats 40) and dithered for weeks about what to say. After all, the Mensans, by definition, are the brightest people around! Finally, I just decided to be myself. I said I wasn’t there to tell them about creative writing or read a bunch of exerpts (although I read a few). I just started by telling them how a broom worked, along with all the engineering pitfalls. The crowd caught every one of my jokes and soon we were just all swept along having a wonderful time. Oh, the crowd? Well, it was standing room only. I sold books (both Broom 1 and Broom 2) immediately after and signed them as fast as I could. After our allotted time was up, I moved to a table in “author’s row” and sat there for several hours, selling books continually. All told, I sold 88 books, which for an event like this, is phenomenal! As a matter of fact, I sold out of Broom 1 completely. I got an Internet order yesterday, so my wife is retrieving one from her art gallery so I can fulfill the order. And I called the printer today and ordered more–they should be here July 17th.
And so my special thanks to Randy Cassingham for twisting my arm. What a blast! (And thanks to Randy for the photo.)