Do you have days when you feel something good is about to happen? A little tingly across the shoulder blades? A desire to turn around, look in all directions, make sure you’re not missing something?
I started feeling that way yesterday, so I checked phone messages, perused my e-mail, and searched through the snail mail. There was news from the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Volunteer Committee about my volunteer assignments. I’ll be working as moderator/room monitor for some of the workshop sessions. And a wonderful note from the Bouchercon 2009 Program Committee that I’ve been assigned to a panel about Geezer Lit (the graying of the genre).
Did someone giggle? I was sure I heard someone giggling. Never mind. I have a gaggle of lady geezers in The Desert Hedge Murders, so I’m on the right panel. Trust me on this.
Anyway, even with that good news, the feeling didn’t go away. On into the afternoon, when I (PAY ATTENTION NOW) worked three whole hours on my current book project. That felt so good. But there had to be more.
I checked Worldcat to see if any libraries had listed my book yet. Yes! One of Colorado’s library systems has posted two copies already.
I went to my rankings at the online booksellers. Barnes & Noble is looking good (thanks to members of my critique group who pooled their order and bought four copies over the weekend). Just so you know, it took my sales rank from 375, 802 to something just under 73,000. For one day.
Next I checked amazon.com. WHOA! Look at the price. ANNOUNCEMENT EVERYONE. The Desert Hedge Murders (in hardcover) was only $17.51 at 8:00 PM Mountain Time last night. If you were going to buy the book anyway, you might want to grab it before the price goes back up.
That good feeling was still there last night when I left my computer and turned to the thriller I’m reading (The Apostle by Brad Thor).
I still think something good is about to happen. Maybe today.