Friday, 8 April 2011

I've got shelf buddies

As the two western lines I write for sell most of their books to the library trade along with selling through on-line retailers I'd largely given up on that dream all authors have of walking into a bookstore and seeing one of their books on the shelf - that being one that just happens to be there and didn't require a sneak raid in the middle of the night or holding the store manager hostage. That still hasn't happened, but as reported in Dark Bits and in Joanne Walpole the British bookstore Waterstone's have started their Yee haw! promotion in which they are selling Black Horse Westerns. And below is the picture to prove it.


Mine is the book on the bottom row, second to the left. Oh, the joy, oh the happiness. What makes it so special is that the store is in Nottingham where I was born, bred and left and unless the store has moved I used to go in there a lot. Actually, if I'm being truthful I went in there a lot and then always went down the road to this beardy, new-age, leftie bookshop to actually buy books, but still I was there and now I'm in there. Hopefully not for long as it'd be nice if someone bought the book!

4 comments:

Duane Spurlock said...

Great news, Ian!

Nik said...

Congratulations, Ian. Yes, it's a great feeling to see your book in the bookshop. You then hang around waiting for somebody to buy it... and wait... and wait... and go home.

Joanne Walpole said...

Not sure if Waterstones moved or if they shut one of the shops. There used to be one on Wheeler Gate, which we always visited and it closed down, but this one is on Bridlesmith Gate.

I.J. Parnham said...

It would have been the Wheeler Gate one on the corner I used to visit a lot.