This has been an incredible weekend. As many of you know, my first book, The Purple Morrow, finally saw the ‘golden light’ of the Amazon/Kindle distribution sites (in the USA and Canada) and I also picked up my own copies of the book to sell. A life long dream come true!
But then reality kicked in. I.Have.To.Sell.My.Own.Books.
I knew it was coming. But the selling aspect of this thing seemed like ages away when I signed the book contract except time does a funny thing–it runs out.
Luckily for me, I was proactive. Months ago, I started emailing around the city looking for shops that were friendly to unknown, local writers and found a few wonderful souls who were willing to stock copies of my book. Pierre Pare of Beazely Books is one such soul. This afternoon, my friend and I walked into his book shop and were received with a smile and intelligent conversation–how refreshing! How often does that happen these days? Well, in my city, its rare and when it happens, you take note.
Anyway, not only was the reception great but so was the whole bookstore experience. Since the chain stores popped up, it’s been ages since I walked into a small shop. What a loss! Just the smell of the books made me swoon. And then the titles of the used books took me waaaaay back. Remember A Wrinkle in Time? That was the first-ever sci-fi/fantasy book I’d read in elementary school. Then there were the old, old, old Nancy Drew books stacked on a shelf, you know the ones with the yellow spines and the line drawings in the covers? And the best part? A little girl had written her name and some notes on the cover–just like I used to! (Every 35+ woman reading this is probably weeping with happy memories! lol) Holding The Hidden Staircase in my hand made me hot and giddy–like a flood of amazing memories flooding back at once. No ebook could ever have that effect, I’ll tell you that!
Anyway, I think part of this post is to say a big thank you to Beazely Books for being so welcoming and supportive to a new author on the scene and for giving me a chance at moving ahead with the business part of this writing thing. Merci! 😀
Then I get home and a surprise was waiting for me. My wonderful father had left me a gift:
So, the task of learning the business part of being an author continues. Thanks to friends and family, I have sold off a few books already (thank you so much you amazing people!), but there’s still a great big world out there. Today I’ve only just taken the first–though most important–big step.
Wish me luck!