|Posted by mandybaggot on August 2, 2012 at 5:45 AM|
Not such a bright blog today I'm afraid! I've just had a phone call from the lovely Helen at Waterstones Camberley cancelling my event with them in September. Apparently all Waterstones stores have been issued with a new directive concerning book signings and all authors have to meet a strict criteria before they will be considered for a signing. If you aren't at the very top of the writing tree or extremely local (your house has to be within two miles of the store as the crow flies or something like that - my words not Helen's by the way) you won't be invited to sell books. Helen was extremely apologetic and I really feel for the managers of the stores because their hands are tied. The result for me though is crushing!
As you know I have travelled the breadth of the South since January this year signing books at lots of Waterstones stores and meeting so many readers who were thrilled to meet a new author and discover something different at their local bookstore. To think that you can only introduce your books to your local store is scary to say the least. If I can't get out and promote my books in stores then it might mean the death of the paperback for me. There is no point spending on print copies if I can't get them into stores as the number of paper copies I sell over the internet is nothing compared to e-books.
This news is a complete blow for variety. I went into my local Waterstones yesterday to get books for my girls and I had to fight my way past the hundreds (yes, hundreds) of copies of Fifty Shades of Grey to get to the children's section. Narrowing down a reader's choice might save money but how do you know what readers want? Oh yes, I forgot, the media tells them!
Okay, climbing off my soap box now and going to email my other stores to see if they still want me!