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Oh my! I feel so fortunate that I've not had that happen. Right now, the most demoralizing thing is that I haven't yet found a Borders store that has actually shelved my books. The Books a Million in Fort Myers had it out in a couple of days. Borders is a bit slower. Last year, however, when I 'barnstormed' the six or eight stores in South Florida, every one of them let me sign stock.
Okay, someone needs to FIRE the "booksellers" in those stores. I mean, it's one thing if you're just some dude on the street who hasn't heard of Tess Gerritsen. But if you work in a bookstore, shouldn't you know a little something about books? Even if you haven't read one of her books, you think you would have heard of NYT best-selling author, Tess Gerritsen. Give me a freakin' break. This is why big chain bookstores are kinda sucky. The people working there don't know diddly about books. Brother.
And, even if the booksellers hadn't heard of Ms. Gerritsen, you'd think they would at least be able to display a bit more politeness and consideration to her when she showed up at their store. Even if this were some basement-list author trying to plump up sales of her first book, the booksellers could have been kinder. When they confirmed that this was an NYT-bestselling author, their continuing rudeness is completely mind-boggling.
One major chain has already turned me off because their manager freaked when I said I was an author and had a galley proof. Of course, she didn't freak until I explained what a galley was. Made me wonder how someone like that gets a job managing a bookstore.
You don't have to like or read books to work in a bookstore. I couldn't believe some of the people my store manager hired. All she cared about was whether they'd work the hours for the low pay. One of the other managers was a romance fan. I was a more broad-based reader. But of the rest, only one or two ever cracked anything bigger than a magazine. I got to take the ARCs home because no one else wanted them. We got some good ones while I was there, too. Sometimes I wonder if part of why they went bankrupt is that by filling their stores with people who don't read, almost no one handsold books.Linda
Same here. And then the booksellers sniff and wail that people buy via Amazon.
I hadn't heard of Tess until Lee Goldberg called attention to her blog entry about being #17 on the NYT BSL. Even so, if I worked in a bookstore, I can't imagine I wouldn't have had at least name recognition of her, so her experience in Maui is close to shocking. While I was in BAM today, her Body Double was one of the books that clung to my arm and insisted upon being brought home with me. I'm looking forward to reading it.At least the cashier understood about books insisting upon coming home with me.
His Lordship Possessed -- October '13
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