Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Keep asking

"Failure is the path of least persistence."

Yesterday I shopped at a little Valley Junction store that specializes in Iowa-themed items. When my book was first published, this store was near the top of my list of logical places to carry it. I called. I e-mailed. I took my book in to share in person. For whatever reason, the buyer did not think so. I let it go. Obviously, not everybody will think my ideas are great.

So here we are at the same store, more than a year later. As I picked up my packages, I said, "This store would be the perfect place for my book,' and I handed the clerk one of my bookmarks. She said, "Tell me more." I did. I left a copy for her to share with the store owner. By the time I got home, there was an order in my e-mail!

Different day. Different time. Different economy. Woke up on the other side of the bed. I feel like one of my little prairie seeds, given enough time to persist in spite of opposition.

I thank Heart of Iowa Market Place for carrying my book. They're a great store whether they did or not. I just needed to be persistent.


  1. I am going to take this to heart. I submitted pictures of some of my painted furniture to a store in Galena Illinois that I thought would be a good match. I had talked to the owner the last time we were there (We have a vacation home there). She seemed interested and wanted images. I haven't heard back but I am going to follow up.

    I love that Valley Junction area. I have only been there once but I have a daughter that lives in Des Moines and we like to go down and get cupcakes somewhere in that area. So yummy.

    Congrats on your order. Your success inspires me.

  2. Good luck! You never know and the worst they can say is 'no.'

  3. Good for you! Ironically, I just discovered Heart of Iowa while working on an article. It looks like a perfect match for your book!