Hitting it Big at Borders

Book signing for Believing In Horses by Valerie Ormond on July 16, 2011

Book signing for Believing In Horses at Borders, Annapolis, Md. on July 16th, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

July 16th, will mark a new “first” in the Believing In Horses experience – a book signing at a major bookstore, Borders, in Annapolis, Md. To some, this may not seem to be such a big deal. After all, Believing In Horses is a BOOK, and Borders is a BOOK store, so why should people stop what they are doing to read this post? Let me explain.
Remember the story The Little Engine That Could, about the small engine that pulls a train over the mountain while repeating its motto: “I-think-I-can”? Or maybe for horse lovers, remember Seabiscuit, the scrawny colt no one believed in who overcame all odds to become a world-famous racehorse? Well, getting a book from a small press like J.B. Max Publishing into a large bookstore like Borders represents a similar feat.
You see, large bookstores like to deal with big publishers and major distributors; it’s much easier than working with the less known. However, I’ve found once again, decent people exist who provide chances for the little guys like me. I asked, and the Sales Manager at Borders, Annapolis, welcomed me, as a local author, with enthusiasm and professionalism. Maybe he felt me telegraphing, “I-think-I-can” in my request.
For anyone who has a few extra minutes, I’d encourage you to check out the Wikipedia link to The Little Engine That Could for fascinating background, including the fact that many believe the story is a metaphor for the American Dream. I never knew that, but always knew this was one of my favorite stories as a child, and still is today. I also found out while writing this blog that Seabiscuit and I share the same birthday (the day, not the year!).
On to Borders book signing on Saturday, July 16th, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to break new ground, climb a big mountain, and run the best race we can. Thanks, again, to those who believe in helping others succeed.


  1. A big THANK YOU to the people I had an opportunity to meet on Saturday at the book signing, to my faithful family, and to the wonderfully supportive Borders staff. I wish you all the best.

  2. Thanks, Linda – really appreciate the support!

  3. Linda Kusumoto Says:

    Fantastic job Valerie, I wish that we could be there for the book signing in person. All the best to you and the success of this great story.

  4. Thanks, Lori, for all your support, and from those at Freedom Hill. I hope a few more people find out about what you good folks are doing via the book.

  5. Oh, its a big deal all right! A HUGE congrats to you girl from all of us at Freedom Hill. We are so dang proud of you! You just keep on a-rollin!