A Rite of Passage

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My book, An Altered Existence: Fictitious Stories About Faces from the Past, is just over a month old now.  Self-publishing has been a wonderful adventure so far, and I thought I’d share a happy “new author” rite of passage I recently experienced.  Until a week or so ago, all my book sales had been done through Amazon and Etsy.  I hadn’t seen my book for sale in a bookstore, but that was about to change.

While on a road trip I stopped into a bookstore near my destination, and ended up selling them a copy of my book.  Yes, one copy.  They very nicely explained that because they’re a small store they could only start with one book, but I was so excited you’d think I’d made a best seller list.  I was even more excited when one of the two ladies I was doing business with walked over and put my book on their New Fiction section in the front of the store.

OMG – there it was!  My book – for sale – in a store!  It was a first for me, and naturally I had to take pictures to mark the occasion.  I was grinning ear to ear as I left the store and drove on down the road. It was a small victory, but I was elated anyway.  Woo hoo!  Later on in my trip I went to sell another 7 books, including five that were purchased by an antique store, and it was a wonderful feeling.  I wish I’d brought more books with me.  :]

It’s unlikely my little book will make a big splash in the literary world, and I probably won’t sell tens of thousands of copies.  This is a project that came from the heart, and seeing it through to being published – and beyond – is food for my soul.  I strive to be mindful and grateful in daily life, so you can be sure I’m going to appreciate all the firsts and unexpected joys this literary journey brings my way.

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Like the pleasure of seeing MY book on a shelf in a bookstore…

Warm regards,
Melody

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16 Comments

  1. Posted March 26, 2013 at 7:39 am by Pam Morgan | Permalink

    How exciting for you! Your book looks great on the shelf. The cover really stands out….the surrounding ones look so cluttered….

  2. Posted March 26, 2013 at 8:05 am by Adriane | Permalink

    Most *excellent* Mel! Congrats on the book – reveling vicariously in your book on a store shelf. 🙂

  3. Posted March 26, 2013 at 9:15 am by Amanda | Permalink

    Yay!! I was so excited for you!! This is just awesome 🙂

  4. Posted March 26, 2013 at 10:29 am by Melody | Permalink

    Amanda,
    Thank you so much! :]
    Melody

  5. Posted March 26, 2013 at 10:29 am by Melody | Permalink

    Pam,
    Thank you for your kind words – I think it looks great, too. :]
    Melody

  6. Posted March 26, 2013 at 10:30 am by Melody | Permalink

    Adriane,
    Thank you for sharing in the fun of this first!
    Melody

  7. Posted March 26, 2013 at 11:06 am by Jo Murray | Permalink

    Oh Melody. that is such a great story…and your book is on my list.

  8. Posted March 26, 2013 at 1:04 pm by Katherine Regier | Permalink

    I am so proud of you!

  9. Posted March 26, 2013 at 3:38 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Kathy,
    Thanks so much! I’m glad I was finally able to see this project through, and was so happy to see that book on the shelf in the store. :]
    Melody

  10. Posted March 26, 2013 at 3:47 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Jo,
    Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Thank you for putting my book on your “to read” list. :]
    Melody

  11. Posted March 27, 2013 at 3:24 pm by oksana | Permalink

    So-so happy for you, Melody. It’s huge accomplishment!!! Congratulations!

  12. Posted March 27, 2013 at 7:32 pm by Debbie | Permalink

    How exciting to see your book on the shelves of a brick & mortar store! Big hugs & congrats to you.
    xo
    Debbie
    ===^..^===

  13. Posted March 27, 2013 at 8:06 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Oksana,
    Thank you so much! :]
    Melody

  14. Posted March 27, 2013 at 8:07 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Debbie,
    It was very exciting to see it in the store. It was also super cool when it popped up on Amazon. :]
    Melody

  15. Posted April 1, 2013 at 2:51 am by Angie | Permalink

    Just thrilled for you! Might have to get it from Amazon, as it may not be in Oz.

  16. Posted April 1, 2013 at 9:40 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Angie,
    Thank you! So kind of you. :]
    Melody