Monday, December 12, 2011

I did something fun

A hard part of sending a book out into the world is not knowing exactly where it is finding a home.  I don't get reports from my publisher for a while and, even then, I think it will show general sales and not specific locations.  Amazon's Author Central gives a sketchy outline but doesn't include library sales (a big part of LOVE's market).


So tonight I skipped making dinner and did a google library search for the novel.


I found 29 copies in the New York Public Library System
a feature at Richmond Heights Library
way up at the Toronto Public Library
it was even a staff pick at Kent District Library in Michigan !

I found it all over ... and, what's even more fun is seeing that it is checked out by patrons!  The thought of someone in Michigan or Texas or Florida getting my book from their local library and reading it is something I can't even begin to put words to.

I'll be sleeping with a smile tonight :)



19 comments:

Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

Ooo, how do you do a search for your book in libraries? I think that's so cool what you found! Congrats!

Tess said...

It's nothing fancy, Glam - I just googled my name, the book name and the word "library". The first few pages were my blog and other more frequented links but if you keep searching through the pages then I found quite a bit. It was fun! let me know if you find treasure too :)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

What a wonderful feeling! I'm so excited for you. :D

DL Hammons said...

Oh...that's so fun! Good for you!! :)

superpaige said...

Oooh, happy homes for you book!

Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page said...

More cause for celebration. I hope many many people find your lovely novel.

L.T. Elliot said...

That's pretty awesome, Tess! So happy for you!

Amy L. Sonnichsen said...

I requested my library buy it so that our whole town could enjoy. :) But of course I'm getting my own copy for Christmas.

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss tess! wow! how cool is that! for sure youre going to bed hungry but with a big smile on your face. :)
...happy hugs from lenny

RCurtis said...

Hey Tess! Congratulations on your book! I can't wait to buy it and read it. So excited! I visited with two women from my Stake this week who are wanting to have books published. I told them about you and that I was going to give them your blog info. so they could follow what you do. I hope that's okay. Just so excited that your book is doing so well. Merry Christmas!

Heidi Willis said...

LOL! That's awesome! Isn't google a fabulous thing! :) To know your book is being read in so many places... what a gift that is for an author!

Marcia said...

A well-deserved smile. I found it in my WI library.

Loved that you skipped making dinner to do this. :)

Tess said...

thanks all, it was a fun thing to realize.

and hello Ranelle old friend! yes, send anyone my way...they can even email me questions if they have any - it was a long road but has been a joyous experience in the end.

Jaye Robin Brown said...

Your book (bought at an indie bookstore) is currently on my nightstand with the bookmarker halfway through. What a wonderful little book. I plan on donating it to my local library when I'm done as they had no budget this year.

Tess said...

Jaye Robin: welcome! Thanks SO much for picking up the novel...glad you are liking it so far and I love the idea of you donating it to your local library. Thank you!!

missy said...

Hi. I just finished Love tonight. I live in a small town in east central Illinois and I found it on the 'new' shelf at my public library. I really enjoyed it and hope my kids will pick it up to read as well. Just thought you might like to know that it found its way to this little corner of the world. I'm glad it did!

Tess said...

Missy: wowza! thank you so much for telling me this....it made my day :)

Lauren said...

I am not too far away (in North Idaho) but I found your book on our town library's "featured" shelf. I started it and finished it the same day -- I couldn't put it down! I really loved it. And I thought the ending was just perfect. It was truly the most enjoyable book I've read in a long while. Thank you! I do hope you will have more coming :o)

Tess said...

Lauren: thank you SO much for taking the time to come over and comment. It made my day!

So glad you enjoyed Ollie's story. It took me years to write and mull over and really is a piece of my heart so, you can imagine how much it means to have others connect to it as well.