WWdN reader beccaelizabeth e-mailed me this morning:
Recently, at the Galactica One convention, Sam Witwer, who plays Crashdown on Battlestar Galactica, said he got into acting because of meeting you when he was 11 or 12 and a Next Gen fan. He was getting a tour and the guy said something like 'Next Gen is filming over there. We can't go there.' But then you were in your trailer and you talked to him. He was really enthusiastic, saying how at the time of course Wesley was his favourite character, and he got to meet you and youtalked and were nice to him.
Someone else in the audience mentioned your website and your books and told him (and the other 100+ people in the hall) how good your books were, and that no he didn't work for you in any capacity.
Your fans get everywhere. Including good TV shows.
She has a full report on the con in her livejournal (which, she disclaims, is not her best writing. Seems fine to me, but what do I know?)
I love it that lots of people got to hear about my books and website (*wave* to any of you who are dropping by for the first time) and I love it that Sam not only remembers this interaction with me, but still tells the story! It's a wonderful example of why it's imporant to treat people the way you want to be treated. It's also an example, when compared to my experience with WFS, of how lasting an effect these encounters have on people.
In other words, use whatever you have for good. That's your lesson of the day.