It was a fantastic day at the Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington, Conn., on Sunday. I met some great people, signed some books and raised a lot more money for the Newtown Memorial Fund. Members from a book club in Northfield came to the signing and told me they have chosen “Streaks of Blue” as their next book club selection. They even invited me to discuss the book with them at a dinner party in January. I signed books for a ninth-grader all the way up to an elderly couple from Newtown. One woman bought three copies. Thank you to all who turned out and to Hickory Stick owner Fran Keilty for hosting this event. Fran also will be donating a portion of the proceeds to a Newtown-related charity.
The great news is I get 60 percent of paperback sales at Hickory Stick. That means those 11 copies sold add $79.13 to the $119.09 in royalties already collected.
“Streaks of Blue” has now sold 58 copies in just over 2 months for a total proceeds of $198.22. That’s $99.11 raised for the Newtown Memorial Fund!