Every author will tell you it’s a nail-biting moment.
Your book has been out for some time and you pop in a bookstore for a visit. Just to see how its doing– maybe sign a few copies.
There’s always the fear that you’ll find the book you labored over with blood, sweat and tears languishing in the clearance bin. Or worse. You won’t find it at all.
That’s what happened to me last week. Kind of.
I’m getting ready to pitch my second book, so stopped by my local Barnes and Noble to scan the shelves for similar titles. Of course, I checked on my firstborn.
But War Bonds was nowhere to be found!
The book launched February 22, 2015 and is still generating sales, but still it’s three years-old.
Gathering my courage I approached a bookseller and offered to sign any copies– if they had any.
“What’s the title?” he asked.
I told him.
“Oh, War Bonds! We always have copies on hand. Let me check.”
Nervously, I watched him click the keys of his computer.
“Wow! We sold out again. That’s a happy problem to have.”
I took a breath.
“Are you going to…?”
“Yep,” he interrupted. “We’ve already ordered more.”
I said thank you and left with my purchases. Amazed, thrilled and blessed that readers are still finding the love stories of the Greatest Generation worth reading. And worth purchasing.
Thank you dear readers. And Happy 3rd birthday War Bonds!”