When STRIPPED released, the first thing I did after I got off work was hit the bookstore…though not for the reason you might think. I had to return a laptop power cord to my ex-manager and that was the best place to meet. Signing stock didn’t occur to me until after I was about ten minutes into the store and browsing the aisles wishing I had a book to sign. Yes, it was release day and yes, I was suffering from brain fog. *sigh*
At first, I didn’t bother looking for my book. Let’s face it. Unless you’re published by a NY publisher, don’t be surprised if your book isn’t on the shelf. That’s just a sad, annoying fact of the writing world. Nevertheless, I checked the shelves just in case. It wasn’t there and not a surprise. So, I went to the book seller at the information desk and asked if they had any stock that I could sign just to be on the safe side. He didn’t, but was very enthusiastic about ordering my book so I could at a later date.
But here’s a secret. As much as I would love for my mother to see my book on the shelf, I’m glad I didn’t bring her with me to see that it wasn’t there. She’d get upset, and then I’d have to explain why it wasn’t on the shelf, and then she’d only stay upset, which would upset me more because she’d inadvertently remind me that I had no control over which stores stocked my book or–even worse–where they shelved it. It’s a vicious cycle that only makes me feel even more inadequate, like a flower hanging on through in the midst of hurricane-force winds.
I’ve learned a long time ago that when it comes to small pubs that life isn’t the gold and honey that unpubbed authors think it is. As an author, I can do everything in my power to make sure people know about my book: have a website, where to purchase it, and blog about it. But that’s all. In the end, it’s up to the big chains to decide if they want to stock it. And as I’ve found out, even with some NY pubbed authors, it’s not necessarily a guarantee that their books will get stocked. Still, their chances are much better than mine, even when their shipping has been delayed. 😦
Anything tick you off about publishing lately?