Libraries – My Idea of Heaven

As part of marketing my book, I have been going to local libraries to ask if they will add my book to their catalog and/or allow me to do a reading for them. For me, bringing my book to a library completes the circle that started before I could puzzle out the words on a page. For it was the library of my childhood that fueled my interest in reading, and reading that turned me into a writer.

I must admit, I don’t spend as much time in libraries as I used to. They have made it too easy to download books onto my Kindle. But being back inside these special, physical spaces, made me realize how much I miss spending time there. As soon as I walk through the door, I feel at home. Although modernity has created new spaces within – work areas with computers, shelved audio books and DVDs – some things remain the same as they were in my childhood; the hushed atmosphere, the smell of inked paper, the rustle of pages, and the narrow stacks with their tightly packed shelves of books to explore.

I have been successful in persuading several libraries to purchase my book. And when I think of a book I have written sitting on their shelves, waiting for someone to pull it out; I am joyful. Because what I have worked so hard for is not a dollar in my hand, but my book in the hand of a reader.

It’s Book Launch Day!

After five years of hard work, it is finally my official publication day! I do feel tremendously excited but the capriciousness of technology has made this day less than perfect. Due to a systems problem, my eBook won’t be available for a few more days – probably by September 16th. So those of you who love to read on your Kindle, Nook or iPhone, don’t despair, your version will be listed on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iBooks very soon.

Life is full of glitches and we all have to learn to put our “problems” in perspective. So imperfect as it may be, I am thrilled to have arrived at this momentous occasion. Picture fireworks, a cake and a big cheer. That’s where I’m at.

For those of you who are sharing this occasion with me by purchasing a book, thank you so much. And please, let me know how you like it.