My dear friend Kari, who I’ve honored by naming a character in Pulled after, had lunch with me the other day. Unbeknownst to her, after lunch I was planning to drag her to a local bookstore in town to see if they wanted to stock my book.
I was prepared for them to say, ‘This isn’t the sort of book we sell’ or something along those lines. I wasn’t prepared to hear: “Take your book and get out of my store.” For reals.
The dreaded crime that I had committed? I mentioned the word ‘Amazon.’ Several times. It wasn’t my fault. He asked where it could be purchased, I said: Amazon. I only made things worse when, trying to sell myself, explained that I was a self-published author and had managed to place in the quarter finals of the Amazon Breakthrough novelist competition. That didn’t interested him. All he heard was the evil competition’s name.
Now don’t get me wrong, I get it, I do. To small book store owners, Amazon IS the devil. But to a self-published author like me, it’s a place to get my work into the hands of people that want it.
Now in all fairness, the guy said he was joking, but it still crushed me. Perhaps seeing me crumble before his very eyes, he said that he would be willing to take my book–just to look at it–and then he’d ‘let me know.’ As I was about to walk out with my pride demolished, when his co-owner stepped in and said she’d ‘heard about my book’. That’s right. Cause I’ve done my marketing leg work. She took it on the spot. After that, the man chilled out and tried to soothe the waters, because at that point, I was just about in tears. I felt about this big when he was done with me.
Leaving the store a whopping $6.00 bucks richer, I felt awful. My dear friend, saw this and dragged me into yet another local book store. (I did NOT want to go through that again!) But to my great delight, this shop owner was super nice. We chatted for quite a long time and she ended up buying 4 of my books! Not only that, she just called me up and ordered 2 more because she’d already sold two copies in the few days that they had been in her store!
So, what boys and girls have we learned today? Seriously? What have we learned? Leave your new-found knowledge in the comment box. 🙂