"Guess what?" Allan at Books of Wonder said as he excitedly grabbed my hand yesterday.
"What?" What could he be so excited about?
"I just crunched the numbers this morning, and Edges was our #2 seller this week!"
It took a while for that to sink in while I signed some more stock for the store. Not too shabby for a debut novel, and certainly not what I expected. I'm thinking of Edges as the little-book-that-could: chugga chugga, chugga chugga. How wonderful to have an independent bookstore champion it!
I stayed at the café, waiting for my long-time friend and writer Benjamin (author of wonderful historical fiction novel Lillian Leowe) to go down to the Pen Parentis holiday party with me where I would be reading. I got an email from my publicist that she was finally able to find a bookseller who would be able to sell copies of Edges at the Roundhouse Theater on December 19th, when I will be attending a performance of A Wrinkle in Time and giving a talk-back. Yahoo! (Roundhouse had approached me about this marketing strategy last week, and I figured it was too good of an offer to pass up. However, we were having difficulties finding a bookseller because it is the week before Christmas - AND stores in DC don't seem to be stocking it yet. So this news was definitely a coup!)
AND the husband sent me a link he found to the Christian Scientist Monitor in which I am mentioned in a lovely article that made me cry. (If you read my blog regularly, you'll know why!)
Benjamin and I had a lovely visit, and braved the cold to go down to the Libertine Library on Gold Street downtown. It was an intimate evening in a beautiful space, where I got to share the stage with another writer/parent/friend John Reed. And since there were no kids in the audience, I got to read a different section of the novel. Something more - dare I say it? Edgy.
So I'm feeling good because I feel like there's some real energy behind Edges - besides me just trying desperately to flap my wings. And today I'm being taken out for a celebratory lunch by Judy Blundell and Katie Davis - no, not too shabby at all!
Léna is also a Regional Manager for Writopia Lab whose mission is to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in kids and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing.
"Well, the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to live in a world where things are possible, or in one where they aren't?" Cin, Edges.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
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Hi Léna, it's Brian again. I'd love to read your novel! I've added it to my reading list and I will be getting to it very soon. My mother is a historian and an author. Her Master's thesis was published into a book when she graduated. It's called "Silent Heroes: Downed Airmen and the French Underground" by Sherri Ottis. It's about Allied airmen that were shot down over enemy territory during World War II and how French citizens helped sneak them out of occupied France and back to Allied territory. Anyway, I have a very high respect for authors and the tribulations they go through as they're writing so I have a sense of how proud of your grandmother you are and how proud your family is of you!ReplyDelete
That's so exciting! I need to get myself to a bookstore and buy your book! :DReplyDelete
Thanks for writing again Brian! Great to hear about your mom!ReplyDelete
And yes Shira! Get thee to an independent bookstore or an online facility! Miss you at Writopia!
Awesome CSM link!ReplyDelete
Keep chugging. :)
Chug, chug, chug!ReplyDelete
How wonderful to have that kind of connection with a bookstore like that, where you feel known. A friend was just relating to me last night the story of how Books of Wonder got to be on an MLE book tour, as related to her by a speaker at a convention she attended. Anyways, something about the owner riding the train with MLE and her later insisting there was room for Books of Wonder on the tour. I'm sure I'm missing parts but it was a good story and I do love independent bookstores. Sadly, there's not many close by but probably better for my wallet! Oh and I love the pics of the Cathedral.ReplyDelete
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