Getting my books in the door at Barnes & Noble…a dream come true

B & N postcard announcing Johnnie Come Lately book launch

  A month before the official book launch of my second novel, Johnnie Come Lately, I stopped by the Barnes & Noble in Southlake, TX, to meet with the Community Relations Manager, Casey Dickey, and go over last minute details for the Feb. 7, 2015 event. Not only was this Casey’s second day on the job (she served as the CRM at the Midland, TX B & N until her recent move back to the Dallas/Fort Worth area), she had things under control and made me feel welcome.

Barnes & Noble Community Relations Manager Casey Dickey (Southlake, TX B & N)
Barnes & Noble Community Relations Manager Casey Dickey, Southlake, TX B & N

What a feeling as an author. To be treated with professional courtesy in a major bookstore, to be considered “good enough” to sign copies of my books, is heady stuff. I’ve been writing professionally for over thirty-five years. For much of that time, I was a frequent contributor to Family Circle Magazine and Military Times. My essays, poems, and short stories have appeared in anthologies published by McGraw-Hill, University of Nebraska Press, Health Communications, Inc., AMG Publishers, and Press 53. Even after my first novel, The Final Salute, won a national book award and was featured in USA Today, I had never been asked to sign copies of my books at a major league bookstore.

Until today.

Kathleenmrodgers signing copies of The Final Salute at Barnes & Noble, Southlake, TX
Signing copies of the 2nd edition of The Final Salute at Barnes & Noble, Southlake, TX

After Casey showed me to a table and provided me with my choice of pens, I signed copies of the second edition of The Final Salute, repackaged and released by Deer Hawk Publications. Then Casey placed an “Autographed” sticker on each cover.Autographed copy of The Final Salute at Barnes & Noble, Southlake, TX



Copies of Johnnie Come Lately should arrive any day now at the store, and I’m looking forward to Saturday, February 7 at 2 p.m., when I’ll greet the public and sign copies of my second novel, a novel that took six years to write. 

Johnnie Come Lately kathleenmrodgers, camel press 300Book Launch for Johnnie Come Lately, Barnes & Noble, Southlake, TX

Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015   

Time:  2-4 p.m.

Where: 1430 Plaza Place, Southlake, TX 76092 (Southlake Town Square)  


I’ll also be signing copies of the 2nd edition of The Final Salute













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Author of the novels The Final Salute, Johnnie Come Lately & Seven Wings to Glory. Former contributor to Family Circle Magazine and Military Times. Future work represented by agent Diane Nine, Nine Speakers Inc.

10 thoughts on “Getting my books in the door at Barnes & Noble…a dream come true”

  1. Congratulations, Kathleen! I think your story shows that persistence pays. And a “salute” to Community Relations Manager Casey Dickey for bringing local talent like you into her store. I wish you great success and am off to order your book now.

    1. Hi Valerie,

      Thank you so much for taking time to read my blog and for leaving your warm and cheerful note. Thanks also for your interest in Johnnie. I hope the story resonates with you.

      Take care.

  2. Great post, Kathleen. I just have one question, and it is a big one. How did you do it? Did you approach Barnes & Nobles or did they seek you out? If the latter, how did B&N discover you? Any advice would be very appreciated! Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Jodie and fellow Deer Hawk author (The Woods at Barlow Bend),

      Thanks so much for your question. Here’s the scoop. Back in September, my agent and I stopped by the B & N and asked to speak with the community relations manager. We did not have an appointment. She was kind enough to meet with us. We showed her the ARC of Johnnie and the 2nd edition of The Final Salute. We also had sell sheets and press releases. After we chatted briefly in the lobby, we set up a signing date. Hope this helps. Please keep me posted.

  3. I am so thrilled for you. Such amazing writing and another story to share with the world. I can only imagine the excitement you are having. I hope to meet you there. And have my copy of Johnnie signed by you.

    1. Hi Marie,

      I would totally love that if you are able to make the trip to B & N on Saturday, Feb. 7 2-4. I’ll be posting more notices soon.
      I know it’s a drive for you but it was be so grand!

      Hugs and lots of love!

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