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Some times it's just not worth it

I mean come on. Malaprop's calls to ask me to buy back consignment copies of Late Night Writing.

THERE'S ONLY ONE
[fill in your own expletive]

COPY IN THE STORE!!!!!!!


Maybe that one copy would sell if Malaprop's put it in a place where people might view it instead of rubberbanded together like a book-sandwich with other poetry books by local poets.

I've been invited to read at Malaprop's four individual times in the last 12 months (count 'em one, two, three, four, and that doesn't include Blind Date readings) and I've pimped my book every time. Either:
1. Late Night Writing really is as bad as I thought, or
2. the sales staff is seriously unmotivated when it comes to local emerging poets and writers, or
3. well, I don't know, help me out here. Are poetry books that hard to sell?

Yeah, I'll be there to pick up that one single copy before you do your inventory. Thanks for your support and Happy Mardi Gras!

  1. Anonymous Don M | 6:14 AM, February 21, 2007 |  

    Sheesh. It doesn't seem like it would take much brainpower to do a small local writer's promotion and blow all that stuff out of inventory (including other authors that likely got the same call) . It could even just be a long weekend on the main table there between the cafe and bookstore.

    Did I really just have to think of that for them?

  2. Blogger 1000 black lines | 9:35 AM, February 21, 2007 |  

    I know what you mean, Don.

    Malaprop's staff did explain to me that they would like to mail me a check for copies that did sell (why didn't they say this on the phone) and when my next book is published they would carry it. Late Night Writing did come out 3 years ago and I understand why they would like fresh material.

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