A couple of weeks ago, I got the shock of my life when I checked my phone messages.
There was one from a lady named Katja, whom I had never met, but who works at the Northern Woman’s Bookstore.
She wanted me to contact her because the bookstore was interested in carrying NOT JUST MY BOOK (Risky Issues) but also one of the anthologies that I contributed to (What’s Your Story? 2013 Memoir Anthology)!
(I am listed as one the authors on the latter book, after all.) 😉
I thought that someone from the PARO Women’s Centre for Enterprise had mentioned my book to her (because I had left a copy of Risky Issues for the lady whose program I’m a part of to pass onto another lady who makes the decisions regarding book signing events at PARO)… but someone at the local library had contacted Katja.
To top it all off, Katja said that the library wanted me to contact them because THEY were also interested in carrying my books!
I obviously contacted both Katja and someone from the Thunder Bay Public Library (TBPL) — the acquisitions clerk, Joanne Agostino.
When I asked how the library had heard of my book, Joanne told me that a couple of requests for my book were made through the library’s website!
I was shocked, flattered, and honoured when I heard this… especially because I have done NOTHING WHATSOEVER in my hometown to promote my book!
The only thing I have done in terms of promotion have been online things, like posting updates and sharing blog posts on my social media accounts.I wrote a few guest posts and have been interviewed by others, too. 😉
But… I’ve not told too many people about my book, nor have I done any advertising or promoting of it in the city where I live. (I know, I’m the worst marketer EVER!)
Sure, I would like to do a book signing someday, but I wanted to wait until I have more than one book to sell. If truth be told, I actually want to wait until Letters to Julian is finished. It’s coming along more slowly than I anticipated due to the fact that I’ve been working on projects for my clients.
The Thunder Bay Public Library Bought My Book
Anyhow, moving on…
When I spoke to Joanne, she told me that the library does not buy books from Amazon, but that they’d buy them from me, so I ordered copies and invoiced the library, as per her request. Thankfully, I was able to do this via my business, Wording Well.
I asked her, too, if she wanted me to autograph them. She checked with her colleagues, as she was unsure, but eventually told me it was okay if I did. So I did, when I dropped them off to her.
I delivered them on Wednesday, April 8th, 2015, and before I went into the library, I asked a total stranger to take a picture of me standing outside the library. I was alone in my venture, but I wanted a memento for posterity. 😉
I wanted the artwork and name of the building to be in the picture, too.
Here is a picture of me standing outside the Waverly Street location of the Thunder Bay Public Library.
Maybe I should’ve called the newspaper, but I didn’t think of that until afterward! 😉 Oh, well.
The Northern Woman’s Bookstore Stocked My Book!
After I left the library, I went to the Northern Woman’s Bookstore, to meet Katja in person and to drop off some books for her to sell.
She and I ended up taking a couple of selfies for our Facebook pages and websites.
She also put my book on display near the front door!
Here is a picture of the door you need to enter once you enter the building:
Here is a picture of the building, which looks like a huge brick house:
Naturally, I had to snap a pic of me with my book. 🙂 Wouldn’t you have done the same thing, if you were in my shoes?
I took a few pics of Katja, my book, and myself, too.
One can be seen at the beginning of this post; here are the others:
Because half her head didn’t make it into the pic, I took another! This one is better:
Then we started getting silly, and, as we were laughing, I ended up snapping this pic, which didn’t turn out very clear, but at least you can see our wide smiles!
My PARO Presentation was given earlier that day…
What made this day extra-special is that, just prior to distributing my books all over town, I gave a presentation to about a dozen women at PARO. The topic was Business Branding and Setting Up an Online Presence.
Here is a screenshot of the date and time of the presentation, taken from their website:
I was paid for giving this presentation, too! 🙂
I even made a video of it… but it didn’t turn out well. The lighting was poor, there was a glare on the screen, and there was a glare from the laptop I used… but the sound was good!
However, I was able to create a SlideShare presentation, for all the world to see.
How I Celebrated
My parents took me out to dinner. We feasted on Chinese food, which I love. 🙂 My son was unable to attend, as he was exhausted from working and had to put in a few hours of studying for the AZ trucking course he is taking. Dinner was fantastic, and we ended up playing cards afterward. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with my folks. 🙂
When I spoke to my son, he expressed his happiness and pride, too.
All in all, that day was a very great day. 🙂
Wouldn’t you agree? 😉
P.S. Don’t forget to buy a copy of Risky Issues for yourself or someone in your life. 🙂