Friday, April 27, 2007

What not to do when talking to bookstore clerks about your upcoming book.

Today I went out to my favorite bookstore, CHANGING HANDS, which was recently voted the #1 independent bookstore in ALL OF AMERICA by PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. No pressure. Especially since I went there purposely to chat with the YA book buyer about my book and find out if they'd maybe do my launch party, since it's the PERFECT location and has an attached restaurant.

I was nervous, but I did okay. I even remembered what my book was about.

I spent $50 on books to show her I'm a supporter of their bookstore (which I am, but I've never made pointed contact with them before).

And then.

The clerk who rang up my purchase asked me a question about my book while I was closing my purse (which has a long shoulder strap), and I got all nervous. I slung my purse over my shoulder, trying to be all nonchalant, and assuming, like every other time I've ever done this, that my ARM was inside the damn LOOP of it. But it wasn't.

And it went sailing off behind me (it was quite heavy, since my phone was attached) and hit a old woman who had one of those walker shopping carts.

So. How was your day?

(and yes, you may point and laugh)

9 comments:

Kimmah said...

um, my day wasn't nearly as amusing as yours was, but thanks for asking.

ilse said...

*points and laughs*

Buggy said...

Ilse stole my reply.

*still laughing*

Heather Brewer said...

Oh honey, beating up old women is no way to promote your book!!!

...hold on...actually, I may try that. ;)

Lisa McMann said...

*takes a bow*

K Cutter said...

At least they'll remember you.

Zen of Writing said...

I once lost my slip while waiting in line at the bank, if that's any comfort. Yup, I was standing there, and suddenly felt something soft land on my shoes...

Pam said...

Buahahahahahaha!

Travis Erwin said...

I could see myself doing something like that except I'm a man and rarely carry a purse. But my wife makes me hold hers sometimes.

So did they agree to host your launch or are they afraid you'll burn the place down?