About five years ago I was freelancing for an independent bookseller, writing their newsletter and some reviews. The owner was telling me about a local author who lived in the Dundee area. “But,” she said, “his stuff isn’t really that great.” So, I could have met him, but she gave me the impression I shouldn’t make it a high priority. Needless to say, it never happened.
Who was that author?
Well. His name is Joe Meno, which may not be familiar, but since that time he’s gone on to publish SEVEN NOVELS, a play or two (one being performed in the city right now), and also publish for several major literary journals. And did I mention he won the Nelson Algren Award for short fiction?
I was so busy at the time I didn’t push for the chance to meet him. I’ll let you imagine how sick that makes me feel now.
I’m also the person who, when told by a friend I should buy a signed first edition of a little book called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (before that author became famous…) thought, meh, it’s just a kids’ book.
Don’t ask me to pick your lottery numbers.