Many years ago during our very first Christmas as a married couple, my brother and his wife gave my husband and I a coveted Costco membership. My husband proudly declared, “Now I feel like a man.” Young-adults out there: if you’re feeling like a dependent, or like you never left high school, or like you don’t belong in the responsible sphere of the older generation, go get a Costco membership. It will signify your entrance into adulthood.
Our membership has gotten a lot of use over the years. When we were undergrads at school in Hawai’i (jealous, aren’t you.), we drove the 45 minutes from the North Shore to Ka Uka Boulevard every three weeks or so and stocked up. Then we’d drive back to our married student housing apartments and divvy up the goods between neighbors to share the cost, because one married couple isn’t going to go through a massive case of oranges, 8 heads of romaine, or a huge tub of feta cheese before said groceries go bad.
Then we had 2 kids in very quick succession. [99.9% is not a guarantee, folks.] Costco diapers, wipes, and cheap hot dog lunches were our saving grace.
And let me tell you about the joys of the annual Black Friday Costco recipe book. There are certain days in the year that you must go to Costco. #1 – any day during the week before the Superbowl. Trust me when I say you will not regret it. #2 – Black Friday. And not because of any crazy deals. (Though they do usually have amazing unadvertised cell phone deals) If you have no desire to go Black Friday shopping at an unnecessary hour among the hordes of ruthless deal-grabbers, then go to Costco and GET THE RECIPE BOOK. They hand them out for free. And they are awesome. This year I took three other adults and we each went back a couple of times to make sure we got enough books for every adult in the family that wanted one. We also picked up a Blendtec blender on a whim, but that’s a story for another day.
Now on to the purpose of this post: This year on Black Friday at our local Costco, author Deirdra Eden was doing a book signing for her best-selling novel “The Watchers.” Her table was swamped the first time I walked by, but as we were checking out, I looked back to her and got butterflies. Why? Because her table was miraculously open and I knew I had to ask her the question. What Question? The one I’m sure every author at every book signing gets.
“Hello, there!” (followed by very genuine pleasantries). I took a deep breath and admitted like a goober, “Um, I’ve written a book. May I ask if you queried? Or how you found your agent? I’m quickly losing confidence in this whole query process.” I knew I was probably being annoying. I knew that I was being that person. But I had to know! I HAD TO!!
And let me tell you what. I am so glad I asked! Navigating this publishing world is impossible without a little guidance from those who have traveled those seas.
*Pic from Author Deirdra Eden’s facebook page*
So, friends. The moral of this story is that Costco membership pays, and more than just the yearly “cash back” check from your American Express Costco card.