I've been getting a lot of tweets and emails from frustrated readers over the past two days. Why? Because yesterday morning ya'll ran out to your nearest bookstore, after months of patient waiting, to buy HE'S SO NOT WORTH IT
on its release date, and some of you COULDN'T FIND IT!
I can't tell you how annoyed this makes me, and I'm here to explain why it's happening.
First of all, there's the easy explanation: some of you might have gotten to your store before they had a chance to shelve all the new books. Books always come out on Tuesdays, so sometimes there's a lot of new stock to put out and it can take a while.
But there is another, more annoying (to me anyway) reason you might not have found the book you were looking for. Here, a slight peek into the book business.
Because SHE'S SO DEAD TO US
wasn't a huge bestseller right out of the gate, a lot of bookstores only ordered a few meager copies of HE'S SO NOT WORTH IT
. Their logic? They didn't sell a lot of the first book, so clearly they're not going to sell a lot of the second. Why stock them? Of course, you and I know why. Because over the last year, SHE'S SO DEAD TO US
has built up a serious following through people who have borrowed the book from libraries or friends and now all of you want to see what happens next. But you're out of luck, because they ordered the sequel based on the numbers the first book sold.
Which means that A) Your store might have sold their one, two or three copies before you got there or B) They might not have stocked any at all.
Here's my suggestion on how to deal with this situation when it arises, whether its in the case of HE'S SO NOT WORTH IT
or any other book you might not be able to find:TRACK DOWN SOMEONE WHO WORKS THERE AND ASK THEM TO HELP YOU!
If they don't have the book in stock, they'll order it for you because they want your sale. This will also let them know that they're not stocking books that people want, and they might order more copies for the store, so you'll be doing your friends a favor. Also, they'll know to stock more copies of THIS IS SO NOT HAPPENING
next summer so this won't happen to you again.
I know sales people can be intimidating, for some reason. I'm still intimidated by certain stores. But don't be! Remember, the CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT!
They're there to help you and they want your business. Letting them know there's something they don't have that people want only helps everyone.
There. I've said my piece. And now, I'm off my soap box.
And if you REALLY can't find the book, there's always bn.com, amazon.com, etc. etc. and your local library. Just get your hands on it! Cuz I think you're gonna like it. :)