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Melissa Rose

What Do You Listen To When You Write?

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Tips from the Other Side of the Counter

I love Wayne Batson's idea of going this May or June into Christian Bookstores and encouraging the stores to continue or expand their Fantasy area by buying one of our favorite fantasy books! Working in a Christian Bookstore, I can tell you that sales really are looked at, and what moves gets brought in again and what doesn't move doesn't get brought in again.

I thought I might put some short tips here for those of you gearing up for the besiegement of the stores, you know it's always easier get inside a citadel if you have a person on the inside. So gallants, I offer my service as that person!

Hundreds of small crises happen each day in Christian bookstores, the incorrect stock comes in, someone doesn't show up for work, the computers refuses to do what they are suppose to, a customer is unhappy with something they bought, sales fliers have expired coupons, and the public bathroom runs out of toilet paper or paper towels. All of these woes and a thousand and one other combinations, happen every day. And, 99% of them are shouldered by the Manager of the bookstore.

Which is why I am happy not to be one, being one of the senior staff is hard enough! Why am I sharing this? Well because most likely when you go to talk with your local store manager, there will have been two or three problems that have occurred and when you ask to speak with the manager, the natural assumption will be that you are bringing another one along.

To stop this ''problem solving'' mindset, there are a couple of things that you can do.

1) Let them know that you don't have a problem (kinda simple but it works), but rather a request to make. We like requests. We get requests all the time for things, and if there's a way to get the item or book that was requested in, we do so.

2) Point out something positive about the store before broaching the subject of what it is lacking (those lovely, can't-live-without-them titles of the fantasy genre)

3) Be well informed and site places where they can go and do research themselves when you mention how well the books are doing and how fantastic the authors are.

4) Understand that getting the books into the store once the decision has been made might take a while. If they go directly to the publisher (and they already have an account) it will take between 3 weeks and 4 weeks once an order has been placed. If they go through a distributor the wait will be between 2 and 3 weeks at the most. So, check back, but be patient!

5) Don't give up if you get a no the first time!


Karlie said...

Tip #6: Don't be a big huge jerk.

(Felt the need to add this...=)

everlastingscribe said...

LOL Tru dat tru dat.

Poll Results

What Do You Notice First About A Book?
RESULTS! Closed 11/11/09

My attention's always grabbed by the cover-53%

I look on the spine for the author's name-6%

The thicker books are the one that grab my notice-26%

I open the book up to the middle and burry my nose in the pages, sniffing. Scent is important-0%

I flip the book over, ignore the cover and the spine and get to the book blurb-13%

Pick Your Weapon! RESULTS! Closed-11/03/09

Hand and Half Sword-16%
Long Bow-25%
Pen-25 %

What Kind of Fan Are You? RESULTS! Closed-10/22/09

Shy. I like reading books but I don't want to meet the authors-15%

Avid. I've read everything my favorite author has written!-38%

Curious. I've e-mailed my favorite author or left comments on the blog and asked them questions-38%

What Kind of Word Smith Are You? RESULTS!-Closed 10/15/09

I focus on setting-22%
I focus on dialogue-22%
I focus on action-22%
I focus on characters-33%

What Kind of Reader Are You? RESULTS!-Closed 10/07/09

I try and guess where the story is going to go-44%
I read the book and think how I would have written it differently-0%
I race through the story, riding the words like a rollarcoaster-22%
I race through the book and then go back and read my favorite parts again and again-33%

What Kind of Writer Are You? RESULTS!

Character first--1%
Plot First--4%
Balanced Between Plot and Character--5%
All Over The Place--5%

So All Over The Place and Balanced Between Plot and Character tie for the win! All I can say is that there must be some wicked stories out there. I can't wait to read them!

Scribe is Listening to:


Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian Sound Track.

Books on CD: The Moving Finger Read by Martin Jarvis. Original story by: Agatha Christie

Scribe is Reading:

I am? COOL!

I'm apparently referring to myself in the third person too. Go figure.


Nightmare's Edge by: Bryan Davis

The Invention of Hugo Cabert (Caldecott Book) by: Brian Selzinck-FINISHED. Mind blowing! Every storyteller should read this book.

FEARLESS by: Max Lucado-FINISHED. Excellent!

NLT Chronological 24/7 Bible paperback
NASB Online at Bible Gateway


Psalm 49

Psalm 49
A Psalm of Repentance

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