So, I had made a promise to the Psychology Club. I promised them that when I had copies of “Howl of the Wolf” in hand, I would come back to a meeting and give copies to the people “…in attendance at the meeting tonight.” I was very clear about this.
“All of you who are here tonight,” I said, “I will give you a copy. But that’s our secret, just the people who are here tonight. So when I have them, I’ll let Heather (the Psych Club President) know to spread the word that Dr. Nacoste will be at the next meeting. That will tell you I am bringing copies of the book; but just for those here tonight. Got it!”
All heads nodded to say, yes. Then I went home to have some dinner.
By late September, 2012, I had the first 1,000 copies of the book. So I asked Heather when was the next Psychology Club meeting. She said in two weeks, so I told her, “…ok, I’ll come to that meeting with copies of the book.” Again, I was clear; “I’m bring copies for those who come already knowing that I am coming for that purpose. And that’s all I’m going to do; hand out copies and then I am going home.”
I was very clear.
Then the week before the meeting, I saw this flyer posted all over Poe Hall; the building that houses.
Not quite as secret as I had planned. But now there was nothing to be done except show up prepared. You see I knew the combination of my name, with my name on a new book that I would give away free, would bring a crowd. And it did.
The evening of the meeting, I walked into the meeting room and it was full and students kept coming in. Students I recognized from one or both of the undergraduate courses I teach; and students I didn’t recognize at all.
That night I gave away 120 books.
Not as secret as I had planned.
And now it was on.