Ever since The Rose of Shanhasson and Dear Sir, I’m Yours have been released in print, I always check the shelf at any bookstore, just to see if I could find my books. Since they’re both from small presses, I hadn’t had any luck all these months.
Oh, I could have called and ordered a copy — but that wasn’t the same. I wanted to just find one on the shelf like any other author’s book.
Tonight we were killing time before picking up Middle Monster from a birthday party, and That Man dropped me off at our Barnes & Noble. I didn’t have a particular book in mind — I just wanted to look and soak in the atmosphere. On a whim, I checked the Bs in Romance, and there, beside Monica Burns, I found one precious copy of Dear Sir on the shelf.
I pulled out my iPhone and started taking pictures of it. I’m sure people thought I was insane. Then I went and found the Info Desk to ask if I could sign it. She said absolutely, so I went back and got it, signed it, and she put an autographed sticker on it.
I don’t think my feet touched the ground on the way out.
I might have cried. Just a little.