This last week, I realized a dream. You see, for years now, ever since I first began pursuing publication with my fiction, I've dreamed of seeing my book on bookstore shelves. Particularly on the shelf at the Barnes & Noble at Apache Mall in Rochester. The truth is, I used to browse B&N and I'd always stop in the Inspirational Fiction department and check on the place where my book would be shelved if I had one.
I wasn't jealous of the authors already there, I just wanted to join their number.
I had heard there was a possibility that Barnes & Noble would pass on carrying my first trade-length novel, A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas, because it was similar to something they already carried. That was kinda hard, but I squared my shoulders and determined that all of that was out of my hands. If God wanted the book in B&N, He would have to take care of it.
Last week, I got a photograph from a friend via Facebook. Imagine my joy to see A Bride's Portrait on a Barnes & Noble shelf in LOWER MANHATTAN!
I hustled out to the mall. And there it was. A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas on the shelf at Barnes & Noble at Apache Mall in Rochester, MN.
My reaction? I stood there and smiled and swallowed and whispered, "Thank you, Jesus." Then, I did the dork thing and took a photograph. :D
God is good!
On another related note, my local Christian bookstore, the wonderful and welcoming and very author and reader friendly Christian Book & Gift, has a "Best-seller wall" in their store. They show the top five non fiction and top five fiction titles that have sold that week. Lookit #4!
Another dream I had was to do book signings with authors who were my friends. And I have been so blessed! This has been a very busy month of book signings and travel. On Saturday I was in Sioux Falls with Mary Connealy, Lorna Seilstad, and Rose Ross Zediker at Crossroads bookstore.