Nothing like a vote of confidence from back home…

There’s nothing like a little support from the home team.

As I have written in earlier posts, I first started writing my novel “The Mayonnaise Murders” 20 years ago. I had to put it down after about a year due to various life circumstances, primarily going out on strike against my former employer the Detroit Newspapers. As anyone who has ever been on strike can tell you, a strike can make a few changes in your life, especially when it lasts for five years.

Anyway, I didn’t pick up my manuscript again until several years ago, determined to finish all the projects I had started before beginning anything new. Early this year I finally finished my book and was thrilled. Then came the process of marketing and promoting my book and that has been, well, let’s just say challenging. I don’t regret for one minute my decision to self-publish, but I will say for certain that I had no idea how difficult this was going to be. The great thing about self-publishing is that authors exercise considerably more control over their own work, and get to keep a lot more of the profits – if you’re fortunate enough to actually make that profit. The overwhelming majority – as in more than 90 percent – of self-published authors are doing good if they sell 100 books. That’s not many, in case you were wondering.

The point being that this has truly been a learning experience – and a lot of work. And a lot of work. And a lot of work. So when I received notice a month or so ago from Tattered Cover, my hometown bookstore in Denver, Colorado, that they were interested in carrying my book on their shelves I was thrilled, and that’s putting it mildly. Since then I have signed my 90-day consignment agreement and I just received notice today that my book is now on the shelf at all three Tattered Cover locations. The feeling is, well, just hard to describe. I’ve wanted to be an author all my life, and Tattered Cover is the bookstore of my childhood. And now people can actually buy my book there.


There’s nothing like a little love and support from the home team. Nothing like it.

This is being cross-posted a Detroit Ink Publishing

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Elayne Sikelianos

2013-06-20 03:23:00 Reply

Yeay for you, Mr Keith Owens….congratulations on The Tattered Cover carrying your book. I’ve been there for various functions and readings with my daughter, the poet Eleni Sikelianos, and her husband, writer Laird Hunt. I’m still reading The Mayonnaise Murders & loving it! It’s a hilarious and deeper-than-surface book!


2013-06-20 14:56:49 Reply

Thank you Elayne! And I’m really glad you like the book. Please tell your daughter and husband that the book is now there if they’re still in Denver. Thanks again for all your support.

Paul Belden

2013-06-20 18:12:58 Reply

SO cool. We’ll get our copy, ready for you to sign when we see you next in the mildly high city.

Paul Belden

2013-06-20 18:17:46 Reply

And if you haven’t noticed, I just bragged about you on the Graland Alums Facebook page. Hey, it’s free advertising!


2013-06-20 19:46:30 Reply

Thanks so much Paul! Really appreciate the support! Right now it looks like I should be back in Denver in late July/early August. Look forward to seeing you, catching up and signing the book!

Carol Newcomb

2013-06-20 21:06:12 Reply

Good things happen when you do the right thing. You persevered through lots of life changes and now you’re going to see your name in lights…..or at least on bookshelves. Way to go man! If Borders were still open, I’m sure they would carry it too.

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