corporations care about one thing and it is not you
Pretty incredible that they are abandoning what saved them (more local control) and going back to super centralized corporate control which is what almost killed them.
Max, I'm trying to make it by your store and may be able to do that Tuesday afternoon - not sure yet. Can we get cards, flyers, printouts, whatever you have, that we can put out to help promote Ghoulish Books? You've been in our bookstore - Crazy Lady Used Books - and I think we can put something up in our horror section that will get attention. We will also cross promote any events I see pop up on Facebook to our followers. Or I'll give you my email and you can send directly to me for posting. Just think about what we can do to help send traffic your way. Linda
Thanks for sharing those horror bookstores at the end. I'd love to buy books direct from each press, but Canadian shipping be expensive, and I thought my only anti-Bezos option was to buy hauls from B&N, until now!
Important article, one I will share. This simply reinforces my personal decision to always order direct (from store, publisher, author) when purchasing books both for my own store, and for my own collection. Thanks for putting the word out, Max. And thanks for what you do.
Great article and insight. This reinforces my expectation that we are self-reliant as an industry of readers and writers to lift each other. It also reinforces my plan to publish wide and avoid dependence upon any single retail behemoth. Direct sales are becoming more and more appealing. The missing element is the broad exposure. We must refer, promote, lift, and broadcast ourselves and others as much as possible!
At my signing/reading at B&N on May 5, there was a slight hint as to all of this. Management there we’re still committed to supporting the cause but the indication they gave was that it would be less than they’d been empowered to do so.
Thanks for sharing this. Wasn’t there (relatively recently) an article about how one of the things that had helped B&N thrive in troubled times was that they were allowing the staff to curate the book selection? From experience (both as a retailer, a customer, and a writer) there is hardly a more depressing comparison than that between a bookstore shelf lovingly stocked by someone who loves books and a soulless corporate selection.
Daunting but necessary coverage. Thanks for speaking out.
This is really eye opening. I feel incredibly sorry for the people who've been putting their heart and soul into curating their horror (and other genre) sections, who are now going to see all that work fall by the wayside.
This is so frustrating and long term won't do B+N any favours, but they can't see that!
I figured the indie trend at B&N was too good to last, but it still makes me sad. Seeing pics of my book on the shelf of a bookstore on the other side of the country was a big career milestone for me, and it sounds like it’s probably not one that will repeat...
Thank you for sharing, Max!
Thank you for sharing all of this, Max!
Good job, Max!
Once again B&N falls by the wayside. Shades of the early 2000s with them again. If all they're selling are the same ten damn authors, they probably deserve to fold. But I would hope the actually wonderful booksellers employed by them can move on to better places who support small press.
I used to work in a book store and I can relate with this post 100%. When I started there, I got a lot of room to pick and choose the titles I thought would sell (which was mostly horror and dark fantasy). Customers used to wait until I was back from break to get some recommendations. Then corporate rolled up and told me to push their "bookclub picks". In the end they don't care about supporting budding artists OR helping a customer by going the extra mile. It's about the money. It's gross to me. To me, reading is holy, and should be treated with the reverence it deserves. A corpo-robot wouldn't know a good indie novel if it bit them in the ass. Here's hoping B&N has a few contrarians like me, who will mumble out some titles from the corner of their mouth as they're ringing up whatever "key title" they're forced to push.