A funny thing happened on the way to the post office

Well, actually it happened at the post office. I had a big stack of books I was sending out (eleven to be precise). The guy working the counter asked me about them, thinking I was an eBay bookseller or something.

I, seizing upon opportunity (somewhat uncharacteristically), said, why, no, this is a book I wrote.

Post office guy? He. Was. Astounded. I had to tell him all about it. His wife had to know because she loves to read.

It’s at this point I think to myself: wow, I should really have some book business cards made up.

Then, the woman next in line piped that she has teen daughters who love to read.

Insert an image here of me kicking myself.

I was reduced to writing down titles on scrap paper.

So, I need some cards, ASAP. I tried some of those online design-your-own type places, but the results looked like someone with no graphics arts ability using one of those online design-your-own type places. But something is better than nothing, so I’m pushing this task up on my to-do list.

I also need a better answer to the question: “How long does it take to write a book?”

“It depends.” did not go over too well. The guy working the counter looked at me like: What? Is she crazy? She doesn’t know how long it takes to write a book? Isn’t that what she does?

I guess I could’ve told him four years. I got the initial idea for Geek Girl’s Guide in February of 2004. It sold in March, 2008 (and we still had another revision to go through).

Of course, I wrote other things during that time. Shelved it, took it out again, shelved it, started working with Darcy … hm, I had a moral in mind, I’m sure, beyond persistence and being in it for the long haul.

But all I really can think of is: book business card.

Must. Have.


Filed under Geek Girl's Guide, Promo, Reading & Writing, Writing

5 responses to “A funny thing happened on the way to the post office

  1. Oddly enough, the EXACT same thing happened to me today at the post office. I was mailing a copy of my book to a reviewer who is attending the Lori Foster gathering and is putting together a basket. The PO employee: “Ebay?” Me: “Nope, I wrote that book.”

    Of course, when I said it was a romance, she lost interest. :: insert picture of turned-up nose here::

    Sounds like yours ended better than mine.

  2. Jenn

    Very cool. You should just stand outside the post office every now and then with a stack of your books. And business cards. Of course. 😉

  3. Only. One. Week. To. Go. I am counting the days.
    (And, yes, business cards. Definitely.)

  4. Jenn

    Kind of funny… this morning I was talking to a friend who just bought business cards (they came out great, she said – I haven’t actually seen them myself) and I asked her where she got them. She told me http://www.uprinting.com/. Thought I’d pass it on.

    (sorry if this posted twice… it didn’t look like it went through the first time!)

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