The Journey of A Thousand Miles
- Monday, 21 October 2013 17:40
- Written by Ingrid
Small Books in Venice has a good selection of fiction, nonfiction, travel books, cultural studies, mysteries, science fiction, young adult and art books.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” –Lao Tzu
Sassy, the fairy godmother of Venice, invited me to “release attachment to outcome.” This advice was in response to my paralyzing fear of asking a local Venice bookstore if they wanted to sell my new book. We rode our bikes down to the Venice Boardwalk, and entered through the wormhole to Small World Books. Behind the counter was Janice Mall. I took a big gulp and launched my pitch to her which ended with something like: “A journey is both inward and outward, that’s what this story is about.” She looked at the book and said, “Hmmm…$19.95 is kind of a lot for a paperback.” I waited. “Okay, I’ll try one book. If it doesn’t sell in one month, you can come and pick it up.” I giggled to myself. One book? Still, it was a yes. It didn’t matter the size of the yes. My book is now at a bookstore. I invite you to release attachment to outcome and take that leap of faith.