A few friends of mine from my writing group (although, it’s so hard to find the time to go! Kids come first after all! J ) were going to ConBravo in Canada this weekend. They explained it’s a “yearly celebration of fandom.” It’s been ages since I’ve dipped my pen in fan fiction as I’ve been working so hard on crafting my own original stories, but it sounded like they were going to have a blast hanging out with quite a few of their Internet friends who were going as well. I’d be jealous of their youth and free time for that sort of thing, but they don’t have the five blessings I do. 😉
Anyway, they even reserved a table so they could sell their “geek wares” (I keep telling them they have to open an etsy store! I can’t believe the things they can do with yarn and hot glue, even if I don’t get all the references) and the Big Guy himself must have reached down to nudge me, because I was struck with sudden inspiration! I had 80 signed hard copies of my very first edition of Awoken on the kitchen table that I was going to lug to the local Barnes and Nobles so that the manager could display them for sale, but I asked if they would be okay with taking and selling Awoken for me.
Well, us writing group gals stick together, ESPECIALLY when it comes to supporting each other’s work (even though they aren’t published yet like I am) and agreed! And let me tell you, I was definitely right in listening to the Big Guy’s idea, because word got out at the con and they sold 76 copies! 76 whole copies! When they called me on the drive back, I couldn’t believe it! I even started crying (my poor hubby, he must have thought someone had died!) How can I possible describe the warm, beautiful feeling of a life full of such amazing blessings? He truly has filled my life to the brim!
But yes, I am a Serra on cloud nine. I just can’t believe I already have to reorder more copies! My friends did mention a lot of people asked if there would be an e-book version, so I should definitely look into that, anything to bring my ‘baby’ to a wider audience! Also realized I need to make business cards! Everything’s just happening so fast!
To everyone who purchased Awoken this weekend, thank you so much for your support! I hope you are enjoying your brand new signed copy. 😀 Although, I do have to admit, the cover was not my pick. I asked my kids if they wanted to pick a cover for me, and Matt A. was just so excited about the tentacle… well, what mother could resist, even if tentacles send chills down my spine! For the next printing, I may try to find something more to my tastes and more in line with the book, but I suppose that will make your copy a special collector’s edition! ;p