Support Your Favorite Author

Lisa Schroeder, author of Chasing Brooklyn (which I talked about here) and her newest release, The Day Before, is asking for the help of her fans. Barnes and Noble is not carrying her new book, so she asks everyone interested to please order it from their local B&N, and even from the library, to help the whole supply and demand issue. The more people request it, the more likely B&N will change their minds and decide to stock her book.

With the recent announcement of Borders closing for good, B&N is the only major commercial bookseller left for authors and readers alike. This goes for every author you love. If they don’t carry the book you want, order it and get the word out. B&N offers authors awesome exposure. Without that exposure, it is much harder for any given author to make this business work.

To help garner support, Lisa requests that you watch The Day Before book trailer and post it on your Facebook page or blog or wherever. Again, I encourage you to do this with any books and authors you love. Let’s help and support each other.

Anyone you want my readers to know about this week? Go ahead and post the author and book you want to support in the comments.

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13 responses to “Support Your Favorite Author

  1. I wonder why they won’t stock it. I’ve never read any of her books but sad to see she has to work so hard to get her books on the shelves. I really hope we don’t lose bookshops altogether!

  2. Catherine Johnson

    If Lisa Schroeder can’t get in, what hope is there for the rest of us. Let’s get behind this with both feet!

  3. Welcome to the club, Lisa! My first novel was published by a major New York Publisher (Knopf/Random House), reviewed favorably by Kirkus, and was chosen by the New York Public Library to be among the Books for the Teen Age — 2007. Do you think I could get B&N to stock it, even in my home town? Nooo. They did (and do) carry it on B&N.com, however.

    The sad truth is, the publishers decide early on which of their new books they’re going to push each season. I’m told its a “corporate decision” which titles B&N carries. There are so many good books coming out each season, and not enough shelf space. You might have some luck persuading your local B&N to carry a few copies (I did) but when those sell out it’s doubtful they’ll reorder. It’s a sad truth. That’s why on-line bookstores are awesome — they have unlimited inventory space.
    Best of luck to all of us — its a hard market to crack!

  4. I think it’s a great idea to support each other like that!

  5. Linda’s comment was really enlightening. That’s what I thought was going on. Seems really unfair to so many good authors out there.

  6. That’s crazy! I wonder why they’re not carrying it? I haven’t read this one, but her writing is wonderful and I know many of her books are popular with the YA crowd.

  7. Wow, thanks for bringing that problem to my attention–I hadn’t considered that a lot of authors will be out of a major bookstore seller. Plus, Linda’s comment above definitely made me think~ it’s got to be hard when your book is well-received, but can’t be placed anywhere but online.

  8. We need bigger bookstores. Don’t we? Stories like this make us understand why the trends are changing. If they can’t supply us with all the books out there in a bookstore, why would we go? I do like to shop in bookstores, but I do find better selection on the Internet.

    It’s nice to see authors standing together. I’m so there.

  9. I had no idea. Being that Chasing Brooklyn was such a well-received book, I’m surprised. I’ve read her first three and am looking forward to read her fourth. I’ll spread the word right now.

  10. I still haven’t got to read Chasing Brooklyn yet – but I remember adding it to my goodreads list after you talked about it. I think that is one of neatest thing about this blogging community, how we help each other out, so I will order her book! I’ll also give a plug here for another bloggie friend, Connie Keller, who just e-pubbed her book after it was rejected by several agents who said they loved it but another similar premise was just published. It’s called Screwing Up Time, a girl from medieval England shows up in modern day Connecticut. I read the first chapter, and it hooked me. http://screwinguptime.blogspot.com/2011/07/screwing-up-time-chapter-one.html

  11. Vicki Tremper

    What a great community we have here! Thanks, Margo, for the info on Connie’s book (I’m guessing it’s YA?) – sounds cool. Thanks to everyone for the comments!

  12. Kind of scary that even a book with such a good reception won’t be stocked!

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