So, I was in Eugene yesterday putting up posters for my upcoming signing at Tsunami Books scheduled for the 21st of June. And I thought I would also stop in at a few other bookstores to tell them about my book, A Place of Her Own. I had sent postcards out to several stores, but wanted to make some personal visits. My first stop was J Michaels Books downtown on Broadway, just up from Oak Street. I went jaunting up the street, my bag in hand with the now-dog-eared copy inside, ready to pull it out and show it off.
Nice store. I casually glanced into the window at the fine display of books–and stopped. There! Right in front! My book! See? It’s in the lower left of the right-hand window. The cover does stand out. The medallion sort of draws the eye. Well, for me it certainly does. I’ve been enjoying that cover for a while now.
Heart pounding, I looked closer. What a beautiful sight to me. But had I thought to bring a camera? No. I still haven’t gotten used to the fact that I have a nice little camera. I need to carry it for these wonderful surprises.
Anyway, I walked into the store, and instead of pulling out the dog-eared copy from my bag, I pulled out a business card with the book’s picture on the front. Smiling, I told the proprietor I had come in to tell him about my book, but he already had it, beautifully displayed in the window.
He smiled back and told me he also had a stack of them on the table. Ah! Words to thrill a writer’s heart!
I offered to sign them, searched for my signing pen, which took a while, given my excited state of mind and the state of my bag’s interior. He brought the stack. I found the pen, and signed.
Later, I met my daughter, who lives in Eugene. We went back to Broadway, and she took pictures.
So here I am. One of the books, now signed, is back in the window with a little tag letting prospective buyers know it’s a signed copy.
And I am one happy author.
With the one Eugene event already planned for Tsunami, I hope to schedule more in that city.
Getting the word out, one place at a time. Having fun!
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