"Do it, Mimi! Do it!" said Collette.
Gulping down fear, Mimi approached the guy at the register and asked, “How does a new, self-published author get a novel on your shelf?”
The man looked at her cautiously. “It depends on the book.”
Collette looked at him with serious eyes. “My Mimi wrote a really good book.”
The man smiled. “Our manager is in the back. Would you like to talk with him?”
“Yesssss!” Collette almost did a backflip.
The man guided everyone to the back of the store and made introductions.
Collette bounced up and down while waiting for the manager to speak.
Mimi gulped down more fear as she looked at the hundreds of books lining his shelves.
“So … you wrote a book. Tell me about it,” said Alex.
Collette’s eyes sparkled. “It’s a great story about Ella! And it’s a very big book!”
Alex smiled at the precocious 7-year-old then turned toward Mimi for his answer.
“The novel is about a courageous young woman’s yearlong journey to find her destiny.”
He nodded and said, “I need to review it before making a decision. Do you have a copy?”
“Oh! My Mimi has a whole box of books in her car!”
Mimi draped her arm around her sweet granddaughter. “How about if we get one for you now?”
“That would be great.”
“We’ll be right back.”
Once outside, Collette screamed, “Mimi! Does this mean your book will be in that store?”
“Not yet, but it means Alex is willing to consider it. He has to review it first, then he’ll let us know.”
“It’s gonna be sooooo hard to wait!”
“I know, but that’s how things work, CoCo.”
Mimi opened the trunk and Collette pulled out a book. “I’ll carry it!”
They returned to the store and Collette proudly handed it to Alex. He glanced at the pretty cover and said, “Thanks. I’ll be in touch soon.”
The writer and publicist left the store, walked to Double Rainbow, ordered a banana split and celebrated their joint marketing effort.
Isn’t Collette Rose Treewater the best? xo