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Networking For Cats
by admin - 15:49 on 28 July 2012
When a market or craft fair draws few customers, stallholders console themselves with the claim that they're networking, which will bear fruit in the future. This is mostly whistling in the dark but occasionally true.
Today, two days after an only moderately successful day in Dornie, I returned to North Kessock Hall where I expected, and had, a quiet time. But among the stallholders was the Inverness branch of Cats Protection.
I'd intended to approach the Alness branch, that being our nearest, to see if A Cat Called Tess would be of interest to them, so the Inverness presence was a bonus. And the prospects are good: Julie the stallholder was captivated by the idea of the book and readily agreed that they'd sell it. She also offered to spread the word to the Alness and Tain branches.
She even said she'd take some for their stall at the Black Isle Show on Thursday – an offer that depends on Tigger having them ready in time and me having the transport to collect them, because Mr Ford will attend car hospital on Wednesday to ensure he'll pass his next MOT. Fingers crossed.
Julie's skills as a fundraiser leave something to be desired, it must be said. When asked what CP's cut of sales would be she exclaimed: “Oh, we'd sell them for nothing.” When I questioned this, she countered, with a guilty voice: “Maybe we could take 50p a copy?”
Terms will be finalised when I have books to offer them. I suspect that, by then, someone with more financial acumen will be involved.
Networking at Dornie also bore fruit, for stallholder Pauline of Able Kids books ordered ten copies with an option on more in the future. Maybe the book really will be a bestseller.
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