About this time last year my family and I were in Salem, Massachusetts, visiting a dear friend and her newly-adopted son. It was an amazing visit, and provided many new insights as I fleshed out details of a New England town for my book-in-progress, Edgar Wilde and the Lost Grimoire.
While we were there, my wife and I were both compelled to visit a fortune teller. It’s not something we subscribe to in general, but if you’re ever going to get your fortune told, Salem is certainly the place to do it! So I sat down, held out my hand, and bared my soul. A few of the questions that I asked were about my family (twins may still be in our future, apparently!). One question had to do with my new book.
“It’s going to be a big success,” she smiled before she even took my hand. “No doubt about it. This is going to be big, so get ready for it. By the way, do you know you’re psychic?”
So, as far as the psychic thing? I’ll have to get back to you on that one.
Last night I was watching an episode of X-Files and savoring a steep pint of Rasputin Imperial Stout, when the memory of that day came back to me. And you know what? As far as I’m concerned she was dead-on. Only six months out and already hundreds of e-book copies of Edgar Wilde and the Lost Grimoire have sold (as well as a number of hardcopies), tons of 4 and 5-star reviews from happy readers have found their way to Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Goodreads, and a treasured batch of top-notch book review blogs have given the book glowing, in-depth reviews as well as some amazing additional exposure. My novel even earned itself a cool half-grand at Jacksonville’s first crowdfunding event, One Spark.
And what about that kickass “Edgar Wilde” theme song! Edgar Wilde
I remember looking deep into the psychic’s eyes as she spoke about future book success on that warm New England day and thinking cynically to myself, “Well, you wouldn’t tell me it’s going to be a flop, now would you?” But I must say, her words lingered within me for the next many months as I wrote steadily towards the finish line; a giddy secret I held close to my heart.
“It’s going to be a big success, no doubt about it. This is going to be big, so get ready for it.”