Thursday, October 28, 2010
The "Bargain Book" Shelf
I've had two novels and one non-fiction book published. Another novel comes out next spring, and it looks like there will be more after that. Like all authors, I got a rush seeing my work on the bookshelves of our local stores. I reveled in emails, phone calls, and conversations that told me how much the people enjoyed my work. But if I'd developed an inflated sense of self-worth, seeing those shelves of bargain books brought me down to earth. Because someday, my books will be right there.
It's unrealistic to think that all works of literature have an infinite shelf life. Maybe Pilgrim's Progress or A Tale Of Two Cities. Most books aren't of that caliber, and I'm not deluded enough to think mine are. I just hope they entertain some folks while mirroring the way God works in our lives through good times and bad. If my novels do that, I won't mind when they end up on the bargain book shelf. That will only make it more likely they'll fall into the hands of someone who needs that message. And isn't that the purpose of Christian fiction? I think so.