Celebrate the Small Things!

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This has been an absolutely fantastic week. It started with being contacted by a writers’ group from a neighboring town. They asked if I would come and speak to their group about my book and writing in general. I was surprised and flattered and said I’d be happy to talk to them. They seemed really pleased and excited, which put a smile on my face.

Then midweek, I received an official Library of Congress (LOC) cataloging number for Book 2. Whoo hoo! I didn’t get one for my first book, partly because as a newbie, I didn’t know I needed to apply for one before the book was published and partly because I wasn’t sure self-published books could get them. Without that all-important cataloging number and information, libraries aren’t likely to buy the book because they’d have to create the catalog entries themselves and few are willing to do that. Apparently it’s quite a complicated process, as I found out from trying to get Book 1 into my local library.

As it is, I had to go through a two-step process to get the number. First, I had to apply online for an account in the LOC’s Preassigned Control Number (PCN) program. Because I have my own publishing company imprint, my application was accepted, and I was given an account number and password. (Yay!) Then, I had to fill out another online application for the book itself. I received an e-mail the next day approving the application and giving the PCN number. (Lots of happy dancing going on!)

And then to top the week off, I received a stellar book review (which can be read HERE) from a high school student who had bought Book 1 from me at VT Comic Con last fall. (Happy dancing ten feet off the ground, at this point!)

I think I’ll be smiling well into next month.

What other celebrations are going on out there?





© Lori L. MacLaughlin and Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams, 2016. All rights reserved.

30 thoughts on “Celebrate the Small Things!

  1. OMG – what a gold mine of great news this week! I’m so happy that writers in another town want to host you, that you got a fab review, and got an LOC number. I’ve never even heard of those, so thanks for the info about their usefulness. Have a lovely weekend!

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  2. Lori, way to go! That’s reason to celebrate. 🙂 I self-published my children’s story years ago and thankfully the publisher I used handled this end. I hope one day to find new inspiration to write another children’s story or even a young adult book. When the timing is right every thing will come together. Best of luck with the new book and please call on me, if you need help promoting it. I’ll be happy to share it with my readers.

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