Two Big Cultural Events in December in Hendersonville & Ashevillefrom press releaseThe Center for Cultural Preservation, WNC’s cultural history and documentary film center, presents, Cherokee Music and Dance on Thursday, December 7, 7 p.m., Blue Ridge Community College’s Thomas Auditorium. Tickets are $5. The screening of A Great American Tapestry will be held on December 2, 2 p.m., at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Reuter Center, UNC Asheville. Tickets for that event are…See More
Dave Minneman and a sense of justiceby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Dave Minneman doing research at Pack Memorial Library. Photo by author. “One of the biggest things I did as a kid, in order to escape my father,” Asheville resident Dave Minneman says of his 1960s and 70s rural Indiana childhood, “was…See More
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be signing her new books A Part of Me and A Place That Was Home at the Mountain Glory Festival in downtown Marion on Saturday, October 14, from 9:30-1:30. She will be located at the MACA Authors' booth on Main Street.See More
Writers in UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP)read atMalaprop's Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 3 p.m., Sun.,Oct. 15 Elizabeth Lutyens, editor of the GSWP’s Great Smokies Review, leads the Prose Master Class and will host the reading. · Ellen Carr, who works in the financial industry, will read excerpts from her novel of uneasy relationships, Unmanned. · Sarah Carter, an artist and photographer who will publish an excerpt of her novel, Jolene, Joe-Pye,…See More
The Douglas Ellington effect: An Appreciationby Rob NeufeldIMAGE: Douglas Ellington’s original drawing for a City Hall-County Courthouse Art Deco complex. “Dear Douglas,” Kenneth Ellington wrote his brother, the 38-year old Pittsburgh architect, on May 6, 1925, “I know things are…See More
Danger is a crucial element in a mystery novel. A killer is on the loose and no one is safe. But sometimes the killer can be the writer, and the victim, the reader.I'm talking about when the author turns into a preacher and the story becomes a sermon. Now I am not against using a mystery novel for social commentary. Writing doesn't happen in a moral vacuum, and, after all, isn't a mystery a morality play? As fellow North Carolina author Margaret Maron said there is no topic that can't be dealt…See More
Sacred Sites for Secular Times: 50 Commemorative Experiences in Western North Carolina by Rob Neufeld Among the many sites dedicated to history, there are some—both overbooked and overlooked—that provide full and moving experiences. They involve a physical component, connecting to landscape; an imaginative one, entering other times and minds; and an interactive one, maintaining relevance. The entries in this book help create full experiences through descriptive…See More
In honor of my blog Plant Whatever Brings You Joy's 10th Blogiversary I've posted a chapter from my book Plant Whatever Brings You Joy: Blessed Wisdom from the Garden. This particular chapter was also excerpted in Fairview's GreenPrints magazine, which was greatly appreciated. Read more here: http://plantwhateverbringsyoujoy.com/aim-for-beauty/…See More
Here is an interesting post from Shelf Talker, a children's bookselling blog on Publisher's Weekly online. Although the authors mentioned in this post are children's authors, the situations described will be familiar to all booksellers and to any author who has approached (or considered approaching, or completely chickened out of approaching) a bookseller about carrying his or her book. Food for thought on both sides of the counter...
Thanks so much for this post. It is very helpful. I have not had too much luck approaching booksellers as an author. They mostly look at me funny and ask if Ingram or Baker and Taylor carry my book. If they don't, nobody wants to talk to you.
I hope that Accent on Books is not one of the stores that have made you feel uncomfortable this way. If so, my apologies. I'll have to admit it does make it easier if Ingram or Baker and Taylor or one of the publishers we already work with carries a title. I also have to say that while the rise of self-publishing and print-on-demand technologies has been a boon to authors it can be frustrating to booksellers because it has led to an exponential increase in the number of authors coming into our store wanting us to carry their books. And we can't carry everything.
Nevertheless, we do want to help local authors out as much as it is practical for us to do so. It's sometimes a balancing act.
Yikes, Suzan! I blushed as I read this, because I realize I am guilty of this as well. Hopefully not of looking at anyone funny, but I do usually ask the dreaded Ingram/Baker & Taylor question. For very practical reasons, though. If I take a chance on a book that I order through a publisher I already have an account with or through a wholesaler, then I know that if it doesn't sell I can return it for product credit, so it is relatively risk-free, especially if I want to just try a few copies at first to see how it goes. If, however, I will have to start an account with a publisher I don't already do business with, perhaps one I've never heard of before, it starts to seem a little riskier. For instance, most publishers require you to place a minimum order (which is often $100-$200). If this one little book that I want to try 3 copies of is all I need from that publisher...that's an obstacle. With a wholesaler, I can order 1 copy each of many titles from many different publishers in the same order, so it's much easier to try a title from a new or very small publisher that way. So actually, although it may sound like we're using that question to filter you out, it probably means we are hoping it's available from a wholesaler so that we can more easily try it out and see how it does.
So if you decide to approach a store again, you might want to arm yourself with some information on your publisher's terms, whether they make the book available through wholesalers, etc. I'm sure that someone in your publisher's marketing department would help you, perhaps provide you with a "sell sheet" featuring cover art, description, any rave reviews, etc. and pricing and ordering information. (Also, having something tangible like that to leave behind--even a postcard--can help your cause with a bookseller. Jog our memory when we're actually putting together orders.) Of course, getting hold of a bunch of copies yourself and offering to let stores have them on consignment is another option. Of course, that can be a lot to keep up with on both sides, but if you sense real interest it might be worth offering.
Suzan...even if those two places DO carry your books, you can still get the "I've never heard of your publisher soooooo .....(and then the 'look')" thing -- I've published with a traditional publisher, but they are a small independent press....one bookstore in another city where I lived for many years (and had the only indie bookstore in the entire city) (not WNC) treated me as if I was a bug on his sleeve; I was polite and nice and smiled and then left my card and figured "Oh well! can't be everywhere!" and went on my way....later, he had some calls for my book, so he did order some and they all pre-sold, so, maybe he'll order more.
I understand it's all about Business - and that's why I don't take it personally, but yes, it can be frustrating when indie booksellers turn up their nose at indie presses - you'd think they'd want to support each other....but again, All About Business - small bookstores can't afford to buy up every book, or books they feel won't sell, and this I really do understand - I will always love the Indie Bookseller, the small presses, the libraries! But dang, what a tough business it is!