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Authors keep their eyes peeled for buyers

Four writers share the sharp, unexpected ways they sold their books.


A few hours before Jen A. Miller’s book signing at a New Jersey bookstore, she and her boyfriend were driving near the beach in Sea Isle City when a driver crashed into her from behind. Fortunately, nobody was hurt.

“The police officer took so long to write the accident report that we just started talking. My boyfriend mentioned that I’m a writer, and eventually I went into the car to get a copy of the book, and [the other driver] bought it,” explains Miller, of Collingswood, N.J., and author of The Jersey Shore: Atlantic City to Cape May.

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