I walked into my local BORDERS today, and asked a very nice clerk if I could talk to someone about ordering my book which is out very soon. She came back after a few minutes and handed me a Borders Brochure and said I could contact them and/or bring my book when it comes out to so-and-so at the store and she'll take a look. She also wanted to take my name.I politely thanked her, didn't give my name, and moved on
Jeez! Is this what corporate greysuits have done to bookstores? I've proably dropped a couple of grand at this one store in the last several years, but never mind. I suppose this is what becomes of PublishAmerica spitting out "Confederate Sonnets" and such and then these cranks walk off the street and badger Borders. My experience at Barnes and Noble was much better, ie, they ordered the book! Did I give up too soon? I guess I thought, well, my publisher is a big NY house, what the hell, they'll probably have a few copies on the shelf anyway. What are your thoughts on running into the corporate mentality at your "local bookstore", Miss Snark?
Wait a second here.
You think Borders is a local store? helloooo. Borders is a chain, with corporate headquarters in Ann Arbor Michigan. Unless you live in Ann Arbor, Borders ain't your local store.
If they haven't taken a national position on your book (ie it's in every store) the regional buyer or the local buyer can still order it if asked.
So, when the clerk gave you the info and asked for your name, you turned up your nose cause "she didn't know you who you were"?? Did you know her?
I must tell you that every single person who says "don't you know who I am" is a second rate phony. The people you DO know- like face famous folks- regularly introduce themselves as if you've never seen them before.
You may not be a second rate phony but you are acting like one. Stop it.
One of the absolute WORST things you can do as an author is act like a snot to any person who works in a bookstore. Not the custodial staff, not the cash wrap clerk, not the coffee server, no one.
These are the people who are going to sell your book, who are going to reorder it if it sells out (or NOT), host your author events (or not) and HANDSELL your book and put it on Staff Picks (OR NOT).
If a bookstore person does anything short of run you over with a Mack truck you suck it up, smile and say "thanks for stocking my book".