Sarah Avery (dr_pretentious) wrote,
Sarah Avery

What Acquisitions Among Big Bookselling Chains Mean On The Ground

A few months ago, the big publishing industry news was that Barnes & Noble, in an effort to counter Amazon's supremacy in the e-book market, acquired Fictionwise, a wildly successful e-tailer that could have been called a mom and pop operation, but that the founders were two brothers. Fictionwise is still alive and kicking, and for people who are big consumers of e-books, that's probably still the best place on the internet to buy them.

The new development in the story: Barnes & Noble's online e-book department is up and running now. Writers whose only publications are electronic have spent this week making vanity runs to for the thrill of seeing our books listed there for the first time. And I'll admit, it's gratifying.

The inconvenient detail in what is, overall, good news for little me, is that now I have to beg for customer reviews all over again. I know it's part of my job as a writer to be a brazen self-promoter, but some aspects of self-promotion come hard to me. The publishing industry now expects every writer to take responsibility for badgering her friends to write favorable customer reviews on Amazon. It makes me itchy to ask people to use their hard-won free time to go out in public for the purpose of saying nice things about me. The Era of the Internet notwithstanding, I'll probably feel weird about this kind of thing every time I have to do it.

If only the lovely reviews of Closing Arguments over at Amazon could be used again at Barnes & Noble! Heck, I'd settle for the ratings from Fictionwise, even though it looks like packaging Atlantis Cranks Need Not Apply to look like a paranormal romance when nothing about it quite fits the romance formula may have backfired for at least a couple of readers over there.

But no, Barnes & Noble will need a fresh set of customer reviews of its very own. Which means I have to ask for them. And there you are, gazing into your computer screen, so I guess I'm asking you. And, while I'm already being as brazen as I'm able, this is probably the time to mention that the customer reviews for Atlantis Cranks did not survive the process of fixing the release glitch I posted about back in April. The cover art's not back up yet, but at least the listing is. Anybody who feels generous with his or her time can help me out there, too.

Even if you don't feel like writing a review, you can bask vicariously in my vanity by going to visit Closing Arguments and Atlantis Cranks Need Not Apply in their new habitat.
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