I mentioned before I was at the James River Writers conference a few weeks ago. During one break, I walked into the next room where another panel was about to start. One of the authors who was attending was still sitting in his chair, surrounded by a few people.
One of them was a fan, a much older man, who was holding one of the author’s books. When there was a break in the conversation, he held it out & ask if the author could sign it.
The author took the book & an offered pen. The two of them talked about the book for a minute, just small talk. Then the author, who had clearly never met this person before, asked, “Who should I make this out to?”
There was a pause. The fan looked irritated and surprised. “Robert,” he said, “I’m your friend on Facebook.”