The Book Plan 1



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Yes. I had a book plan today. I was going to a University of the Third Age (U3A) lunch and decided to take my book along so I could give it to the lady who invited me, because she has also asked me to give a talk in December on The Prince Edward Theatre, EJ Carroll and film etc. About 30 to 40 people sitting around listening, and as the talk drew to a close I opened my book to write her name and sign it.

Before I had written anything there was a tap on my arm and the lady behind me asked if she could have a look at the book. Oh Okay.

“Where did you find it?” she asked. “Where can I buy it?”

“Well, it’s actually mine and…”

“Oh, you own it?”

“Yes, and…”

“Well where did you buy it because I’m fascinated by the title.”

“Actually I wrote it.”

“Oh… Can I have a look at it?”

“Well I was going to give it to C and I was just going to sign…”

“Can you sell it to me?”


“How much is it?”

“You mightn’t like it,” I said, as she waved the money at me.

Oh my God, Jan, what are you doing? Well I — you know, that’s not the plan. Time for a new plan, Jan — sell her the book.

Long story short, I sold her the book. What sort of a super saleswoman, am I then? I think it’s called Negative Gearing. She can’t wait to read it, she said and can’t wait to tell her friends. Yeah, tell everyone, shout it from the rooftops, I wanted to say. Of course if I exerted myself even slightly in this endeavour I might have sold more myself, instead of giving most of them away — lazy cow.

Have you ever experienced something like this? Have you found yourself overwhelmed by a situation? Tell us your thoughts.

Jan Carroll

Jan is the Grand-daughter of E.J. Carroll who produced most of the early silent Australian films: On Our Selection, The Sentimental Bloke, The Man from Kangaroo, For the Term of his Natural Life and others. She spent most of her childhood in theatres watching stage shows and movies over and over again, and would skip down the street after singing or whistling all the songs! She has written a book “She is Heavy – She’s my Mother”. Jan is always writing and has letters published in The Sydney Morning Herald every now and then. She has also written a little pocket book, Pardon?! Which quotes things she has heard which sound ridiculous!