Good Gnus!

Not writing the Daily Post has left me pursuing my “job” which is marketing novels. Probably for the good (for now).

Today I had good news. First, I noticed that Mastof Bookstore has sold two of the three books and I contacted them to see if they wanted more. I learned from that that one of the copies has been sold to a university library in Canada, the Milton Good Library of the Conrad Grebel College, a Mennonite college named for the early Anabaptist leader, Conrad Grebel, and the college is part of the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

I also have it arranged to sell my books in another brick and mortar store, Poor Richards Bookstore in Colorado Springs. Since making a phone call is one of the most difficult things for me (and I wasn’t, honestly, very cool) I feel I achieved something. Plus, Colorado Springs has a population.

I have three more stores to call — Taos, Salida and, if I get the guts up, an independent bookseller in Denver.


15 thoughts on “Good Gnus!

    • I must do more. I’m going to write a script so I’m not caught unprepared again and I can be cool and impressive rather than whatever it is I actually was. But it worked.

  1. I hated — still hate — those phone calls. Good for you!! It really is harder than most people realize. I always found it embarrassing … and I don’t even know why.

    • I was nervous and didn’t expect the guy I needed to talk to to pick up the phone. He was embarrassed, too. It probably helped that I told him I’d been excited and hadn’t caught his name. He offered me options (he ordered the books or we did consignment) and was relieved that I was going to go up there and reduce his risk by consignment. I’m happy about it; I’ve put it off and wondered if I could do it and dreaded “No.” 🙂

  2. Cold calling has to be the hardest thing in the world to do, especially for introverted people, and I’d say many writers are just that. Very gutsy. Congratulations!

    • Thank you! I decided it might take me a while to get to it since something inside needs to get a full charge or something. Today I was heartened by learning about the library. 🙂

  3. Call them! Call them! Call them! Don’t put it off any longer. Just think: every day you’re sitting there getting up your courage, you could be selling books to someone who will actually read them and value them. And, realistically, the bookstore owner in Denver should have EVEN MORE reason to want some of your books than any of the others because he has more people from more different backgrounds who want more challenging reading experiences than any of the others have.

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