There’s nothing more rewarding for an author than to see their book on a shelf in a real bookstore. More even, if this is a first-time author who has published the book herself after years of working on it and wondering whether all her efforts ever materialize.
I’m quite good at containing my emotions (either positive or negative), and I’m certainly not the one that would dance with her book around the flat taking selfies and posting them online. I don’t go sneaking around that store checking on the number of sold copies (though gosh, how much I’d want to know), but when I got a phone call last night saying ‘we want more of your book’, it sounded like a song to my ears! And I did feel a surge of happiness welling up inside me, filling my eyes with mist. It’s not that I’m desperate to see my name out there along with other well-established authors. I just feel immense gratitude to those who, by buying the book, quietly acknowledged its worth and dispelled a clump of uncertainties that had accumulated in my mind over the years.
As I said in the previous post, A Taste of Slovakia is far more than a cookbook. It blends my love of cooking and writing with a new hobby I took up on the way. It was more out of necessity that I started to take pictures – I couldn’t afford to pay a professional photographer – but as soon as I grasped the basic techniques, I found myself totally immersed in the new challenge.
The Artforum Žilina bookshop in Slovakia was the first to start selling the book, but I have managed to find more partners in and outside Slovakia to help me spread the word, so if you want to buy a copy, click here. The list is being updated on a regular basis.
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Let’s hope the tastes of Slovakia will travel happily around the world, and inspire a good many of home cooks 😉