Friday, September 07, 2007

Making a Literary Life Friday: In the Bookstore

A walk through the bookstore to find one's own creation on a shelf. That's the dream of every would-be author. For Lynne, this week, that's happened. Negotiation Generation has been published.

I haven't bought my copy yet; I'm waiting for Saturday, for my young children to stay at home with their dad. I think I'll head to the bookstore around ten. I'll stroll the aisles, pretending I'm browsing. I know what the cover looks like. It's sure to catch my eye. I'll pick up a copy, then curl in a chair, or on the floor. I will flip through the book though the words will be a blur. They're certain to for the first few minutes. Then a sentence will catch my eye. I had the chance to read it - how long ago now? Lynne, congratulations. THIS is a proud and wonderful time!

I feel as though I'm a proud aunt. *Sigh*, Lynne's baby has been born. Isn't she beautiful, people? Lisa at Eudamonia quoted Harry Crews as saying "I believe that writing a novel is the closest thing to childbirth that a man can experience." I'd say he's very close. Negotiation Generation has obviously been a labor of love for Lynne and watching its gestation and now birth has been thrilling for Hannah, Lisa, and me as well. We raise a glass to you, Lynne, well actually a blue goblet, and cheer: Brave, brava, brava.

Congratulations, Lynne! I passed along the copy I ordered to nudge the Powers That Be at Amazon; how many parents did I tell about this book this summer? It was a privilege to read the draft, and it is indeed the thrill of a friend's well-deserved success to read the actual, printed, gorgeous book. Just in time for back-to-school -- hurrah!

I got up early on a beautiful late summer day. My husband and I drove into Boston, our game plan well thought out. We went to three bookstores before lunch, ate someplace memorable and then hit four more bookstores before heading home to hear about our son's first day of school and our daughter's first day of classes at college. Negotiation Generation was in all but one store.


Lisa said...

Congratulations to you Lynne! What a thrill it must be to see your book out there in bookstores. I'm raising a glass to your for continued success with Negotiation Generation and all your future books!

kristen spina said...

Lynne, enjoy every minute of it! I keep thinking how fabulous it will be (note the positive use of the word "will") to have a book published, but a book that reaches out and offers help to people, that's something very special.

I'll be picking up my copy this weekend!

Larramie said...

Perhaps in that one store where Negotiation Generation couldn't be found, it was already "sold out."

Cheers, Lynne!

Lynne Griffin and Amy MacKinnon said...

Huge thanks to all you wonderful, supportive writers! Today I went to four more bookstores in the Lexington and Concord area. And again, there it was. It is such a dream come true, but I couldn't have done it without the support of this fantastic community.


Shauna Roberts said...

Congratulations! What wonderful news.

Some of the writers I know introduce themselves to the staff of the bookstore on such trips. It's especially effective in smaller stores, I hear, because the staff does more hand-selling. They also say to volunteer to sign the books because the bookstore can't return them then.

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Lynne! Of course your book is in bookstores. It's a book! A great book! That many people in many realms consider worthwhile, innovative, creative and educational. Inspirational.Valuable.
Congratulations...! I'm envisioning your beautiful happy face when you find your baby on the shelves. Ta-dah!
xoxo Hank

Anonymous said...

Saturday is here Lynne. Rush and add one more baby to your family.

Lynne Reeves Griffin said...

I found booksellers to be so pleased I took the time to introduce myself and sign books. I even had two store managers ask for events. It is well worth an authors time to put that positive energy out into bookstores.

You are a dear for sharing all your enthusiasm with me. If I can experience an ounce of your success--success brought on by your amazing attitude--I will be doing just fine!

Thank you for your congratulations. Well-wishes are most appreciated.


T. Forkner said...

Congratulations, Lynne! It must have been a beautiful experience. I just recently saw my book was up on Amazon for pre-order. I can't imagine what it will look like or what I'll feel like when it's on the shelf. Have fun!