Paula Dutko, manager of the Nonesuch Books at The Shops at Biddeford Crossing, called last week to say that Two Birds had finally arrived. A sigh of relief.
It’s been a long process, getting my debut novel into bookstores. It’s all well and good (and convenient for many) to have it available on Amazon, but I am most happy to see it in bookstores, on shelves, on tables, where people can see it, pick it up, flip through it, and – if it’s a really good day – buy it. Oh, and then read it. And like it. That’s always nice.
Paula asked if I’d come up and sign the copies that came in. Naturally, and with gusto. I drove up, walked inside, and immediately the orange-and-red cover caught my eye; there was a short stack of Two Birds, on the front right corner of the main table just inside the door. Killer placement. And there on the cover was that unmistakable round sticker proclaiming Local Author. Very cool. And a few minutes later, Paula would be affixing yet another sticker on them, indicating they’d been autographed. Again: very cool.
The booksellers I have met so far – each and every one of them – have been kind and supportive and generous, offering advice and encouragement to this fledgling author. It’s as though we’re on the same mission. It’s a good feeling.