I thought I’d update you on the getting books into bookshops and libraries blog that I wrote last week.
Unfortunately our local bookshop at Diss, Norfolk, said no to displaying my fiction books on their shelves. The manager told me that it wasn’t anything to do with the content or the fact that they weren’t traditionally published, it was to do with how well known the books are by the public. She tried to be helpful and advised me that the Internet has changed book selling beyond all recognition. Twenty years ago she would have taken my books, but now because my books hadn’t been featured in any local newspapers or had any larger newspaper press coverage, then she could guarantee that they would not sell. She told me with great emphasis that readers need to ‘know’ an author before they will buy their books.
I fell short of asking…
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