About a few weeks ago, I took a weekend to slave over the manuscript of The Chosen to get it formatted into print. I checked, rechecked, and triple checked everything before ordering the proof. Once I approved the proof I awaited patiently for my first batch of books to arrive in the mail. It was an agonizing wait. I stalked the mailbox everyday and wanted to bombard every UPS member I spotted because I was sure that they had my books (even though tracking said my books were in a different state).
The first batch of books was more of a promotional effort. They went to book bloggers and family and were showcased to bookstore owners. That effort, miraculously, paid off. My second batch of books I ordered arrived and nearly all of those copies were requested by indie bookstore owners. I just so happened to watch one of the workers in one of the stores place my books on the shelves next to Gayle Forman because I was an aisle away ogling at a Beauty and the Beast book. It’s kind of a weird experience, I suppose, because I never thought I’d see my own work for sale anywhere besides the digital market. But now it’s available in a tangible store on a tangible shelf.
I mean, seriously, if you take a look at the picture, those are big sellers and then there’s little ol’ me. This particular picture was taken at Jay and Mary’s Book Center in Troy, Ohio. If you’re in the Troy, Ohio area and don’t see my book in the young adult section, you might be lucky enough to snag a copy or two from the regional section. I’m also going to be showcased at News-Readers in Fairborn, Ohio. That one is a nice little indie bookstore that has a 20% discount on all new books. And they have this amazing bargain basement that showcases used books.
After leaving Jay and Mary’s, my family and I decided to do a little celebratory lunch at Friendly’s. The food was delicious and of course, the dessert was fantastic. I mean, come on, three scoops of peanut butter ice cream with a nice size chocolate lava cake in the middle? I stuffed myself on cake and ice cream and doubt I’ll be able to supper tonight. Oops!
I might be able to have my book sold in another bookstore or two. I’m waiting on replies from one bookstore owner in particular, but if I don’t hear a reply from her, I suppose I’ll just move on to the next one on my list. My goal is to get showcased at The Bookloft in Columbus, Ohio or Joseph-Beth in Cincinnati, Ohio. One can dream, right? And who knows, maybe it’ll happen!