Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Where's Wicked Game?

I'm thrilled and dismayed to report that Wicked Game is selling out at many bookstores! Thrilled because, hey, selling out = selling. But dismayed because it means some people won't be able to find it.

Here's what you do. First of all, don't panic if you can't find it at your local bookstore. It might be shelved under science fiction/fantasy, or romance, or even horror (EDITED TO ADD: and general fiction). It might be in new releases. It might be under "S" for Smith-Ready, or "R" for Ready. One person found it under "J" for Jeri. (Seriously. I can't wait until I'm famous enough to be known by one name, but let's not jump the gun.)

Just walk up to the information desk and ask the nice person to look it up for you. If they tell you they currently have no copies, it's not a problem. It's an opportunity! An opportunity for you to be my own personal hero(ine).

See, bookstore employees are busy people, and as you might've noticed, there are A LOT of books out there. At least thirty or maybe even forty.

The computer doesn't send out a DANGER! DANGER! alert when a book sells out, because really, that ought to be saved for a true emergency, like a fire or a system crash or a faulty coffee maker. So lots of times a store won't restock a title even if, say, it sells out in the first week of release.

Here's where you come in. Ask them to order you a copy of Wicked Game (EDITED TO ADD: Don't worry--it won't cost you anything; they'll call you when it's ready and then you go pick it up, with much rejoicing). That gets their attention (especially if you drop the A-bomb* under your breath), and they might even order more than one. If you're not the first person to ask for it, that really gets their attention. They'll think it's a movement!

If you're like me and don't like to waste gas, call first and see if they have it. If they don't, consider ordering it.

Or if you're really like me and too lazy to drag yourself out of the house, order it online.

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*A is for Amazon.com

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Happy to report the B&N in Princeton moved it from the Sci-Fi New releases (where I saw it last week) to the "New in Paperback" section right at the front of the store.

Someone knows about it and gave it prime placement!


Posted by: Blogger Rob at 5/21/2008 11:50 AM

Wow, Rob, that's great news!! My editor says it's doing smashing at B&N, so clearly someone's paying attention.

Now excuse me while I add the purchase link to bn.com to the sidebar.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 5/21/2008 1:02 PM

It's in my local stores.

I also posted a review of it here: http://inbedwithbooks.blogspot.com/2008/05/wicked-game.html. ^_^

Posted by: Blogger Liviania at 5/21/2008 1:53 PM

A friend just told me she went to our local Borders Sunday and ordered WG. She's still waiting for them to call her to pick it up. And Mischa looks so...shall we say, cute? OK, stoned.


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 5/21/2008 5:00 PM

Thanks so much, Livi! And I'm so envious about the Elvis Costello and the Imposters/Police show. Hope you're enjoying your vacation. :-)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 5/21/2008 8:33 PM

Cecilia, it's okay, Misha needs the nip for, uh, medical uses. Yeah, that's it.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 5/21/2008 8:34 PM

That's so cool that it's selling out!


Posted by: Blogger Sharon GR at 5/22/2008 10:14 AM

Sharon: Like anything there are two ways to spin it:

1. Yay, people are buying it! :-)


2. Bleah, bookstores haven't bought enough copies. :-(

But I'm encouraged by the early signs. I think some stores (particularly B&N) are upgrading the placement to the front of the store (like Rob saw).

All in all, it's better to pleasantly surprise the bookstores (and publisher) than to disappoint them.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 5/22/2008 12:13 PM

This advice is spot-on. I'm a bookseller, and we try very hard to stay on top of things, but, well, there's only so many of us, and compared to forty books, we tend to lose.

And it goes without saying to talk up authors you like to booksellers, because if an author can get a bookseller behind her, she gets shelved face out, she gets recc'ed to other customers, she gets grabbed for up-for-grabs promo spots, etc. :)

*whistles innocently* Not that I've been doing this with Wicked Game or anything. :D

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 5/22/2008 9:14 PM

{{hugs Jess}}

I'll be in your area next weekend, Jess, and I'll be sure to stop by your store!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 5/22/2008 9:18 PM

I'll be there from 7-3 - I requested the morning shift so I could come to your signing! LOL

And as Rob said, you are on a promo table right now - we try to shuffle new releases so they get better face-time. If you did want to sign stock or something, that'd be cool. We don't have any copies of Eyes of Crow in stock, but I think we have a couple of Voice, and of course, WG.

We're a small store so we aren't considered an event store, ie, hosting many booksignings or anything, but drive-by author stock signings are fine. We had one last week by the guy who wrote "Confessions of a Gay Ex-Marine Porn Star".

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 5/23/2008 6:42 AM

Still waiting for the ebook.

Simon & Schuster said it was coming out May 13th along with the dead tree version, but it's still not available even in the publishers own ebook store and they don't bother to answer emails.

I know I'm not the only one waiting, c'mon publisher get it in gear. My money is sitting here waiting.


Posted by: Blogger Biblio Brian at 5/23/2008 5:18 PM

Jess: Cool, I look forward to seeing you! I know I signed stock for EYES OF CROW at your store, but I'm not sure if I made it around for VOICE, because I probably wasn't in town for a few months after its release.

Brian: You're right, I just looked it up. I'll check with my editor on Tuesday about the e-book version and post something here when I find out. Sorry about that.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 5/23/2008 6:54 PM

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