I have been writing for about seven years. Often, this makes me feel like I deserve to skip the small steps of success and begin selling fifty, a hundred, or whatever thousand copies of the few stories I have out.
Today I experienced two major milestones that must be celebrated, and they happened at the Post Office.
On the way home from work I went to Beaverdale Books, my local indie bookstore to see if they’d shelve some print copies I have of Tales from Pennsylvania (the Amish Scifi anthology with one of my stories in it). Unfortunately, the owner wasn’t there, but no worries, onward to the Post Office to mail my first two sales of my print supply – one to my mom and another to one of my favorite fans, Carole Natelson.
Unsurprisingly, I arrived at the Post Office without all my info. While waiting for my mom to text me her address one of the people in line saw my Tales from Pennsylvania books and asked if it was a good book. “I hope so, it’s got one of my stories in it,” I said. Her and the nice lady next to her both found the idea of Amish SciFi interesting, and said they’d check TfP and Pennsylvania out later.
I was a little distracted trying to get my address info, but eventually I had the idea to ask them if they wanted to buy some of the stock I had in my car (thanks to Beaverdale Books not working out earlier).
So, I may not have got the job I applied for recently (received that email on the way to the Post Office), but I did mail my first two signed copies (one to my mom) and I sold my first copies in person to strangers.
Lesson learned, always keep books and change in my car. And don’t be too shy to offer your copies for sale. Now I have two more new fans that I’m excited to talk to more in the future.
Tales from Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania by Michael Bunker