Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ask an Indie Bookseller & win a gift certificate!

Tomorrow on "Zach and Logan in the MORN-ing!" the SHADEboys are interviewing Lauretta Nagel from my favorite independent bookstore, Constellation Books.

(Speaking of the SHADEboys, yesterday they held a Valentine's Day "Kilt-Off"--sort of like a "walk-off" from Zoolander--to thank their readers for all their awesome support. It starts with this post, with a link at the bottom of each leading to the next. It gets weird, even for them.)

In case you don't know, Constellation is the place to get signed books by me. You can call 410-833-5151, or order online and let Lauretta know in the comments how you want the book personalized. (Please allow a couple weeks for personalized copies, as the store is a half hour from my house, so one of us has to make a special trip, usually her, because I'm a hermit.)

International orders, please use the email link on the left sidebar of Constellation's website, and Lauretta will send you payment instructions.

(NOTE: I realize the online catalog now shows the new cover for the Shade paperback, but that won't actually be available until May 1.)


If you pre-order Shine, the books will be signed, personalized, and shipped the day the books arrive at the store, which may be a week before the book officially releases on May 1. So by ordering from Constellation, you not only get a signed copy, but you might get it early!


The SHADEboys' interview with this lovely bookseller will take place on Twitter at 10:30am EST tomorrow, Thursday, February 16. The easiest way to follow/participate is to visit the #ZOGANam hashtag at Everyone who asks Lauretta a question will be entered to win a $25 gift certificate for her store.

Can't make the live chat? That's okay! Just leave your question here in the comments and I'll--I mean, the boys'll pass it on to Lauretta during the chat.

Deadline for entry: 10:30am EST Thursday, February 16. International entries welcome.


This might be the last "Zach and Logan in the MORN-ing!" chat for a while, even though the intention was to keep it going until Community came back on the air next month. I'm trying to catch up on the many, many things I fell behind on during the last deadline (including writing the next book), and all these fun special events take up time.

If you are enjoying them, please tweet me (or Zachary or Logan) and let "us" know! Not fishing for compliments or applause, just curious to know how many people out there are listening.

See you tomorrow!

EDITED TO ADD: Congrats to @BookishAndrea on winning the $25 Constellation Books gift certificate, and thanks to everyone who stopped by and asked Lauretta questions! You can now read the transcript of the chat, which had a strangely dramatic ending in which Logan went into--well, you'll just have to read it.

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Looking forward to this chat Jeri. I've ordered most of your books through Loretta/Constellation and she definitely provides awesome customer service! Of course I've pre-ordered my hard copy of Shine. (Can't wait) and will soon pre-order Lust For Life through her.

Posted by: Blogger Kimberly Callegan at 2/15/2012 12:01 PM

What is the best part of being an indie bookseller?


BTW I love the show Jeri!!

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 2/15/2012 1:30 PM

Yay! I love ordering through Constellation Books - they have the BEST service.
I wish they weren't closed the last time I was in MD. The store looked adorable from the outside. Maybe next time.

Posted by: Blogger Karen at 2/15/2012 6:09 PM

Question for Lauretta:

Aside from the fact that we love you and you give outstanding service to your customers, how do you compete in today's book selling market? What is the number one thing that gives you an edge over commercial chains?

Won't be able to make it live, but can't wait to read the transcript - ZOGANam is always a treat. :)

Posted by: Blogger Janette at 2/15/2012 7:17 PM

Well, I've never actually made it to one of those ZOGANam shows, sadly. :( I blame the time zones. :P

So my question is: What made you want to become an indie bookseller? Had that been your dream ever since?

Posted by: Blogger Jen R. at 2/16/2012 4:16 AM

Since I live in Cali and at the time #ZOGANam begins I'm usually getting my kid ready for school, I will leave my Question just in case I'm running late. But tell the boys, I will move heaven and earth to try and make it (I haven't missed one yet)!

Q:There is a purity about the feel and smell of a new book, so what is your feeling about e-readers such as Kindles and Nooks?


Jeri- I totally love the show, since I'm a die-hard Community fan as well, but I realize that real life dictates deadlines and schedules. While I would miss the show, I would totally understand if you had to stop it. :)

Posted by: Blogger Adrena Lambert at 2/16/2012 10:07 AM

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