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Self Publishing 103: Book Signings

My apologies. I promised that Self Publishing 103 would be full of promotional goodies but I've just been inspired by a Facebook group I belong to (thank you, Clarisse!) to talk about what happens after you get the Golden Ticket: a forum at Barnes &...

Help for Booksellers Looking for Work

A good man on a Barnes & Noble employee-only site, was asked to pass the following message from BINC to booksellers who lost their job on Bloody Monday: B&N Booksellers, If you were part of the recent layoffs you are eligible to apply for up to 12...

Literary Valentines for Your Favorite Bookworm!

Some of these are a little NSFW. Just a head's up. Check out these literary valentines from BuzzFeed, Nouvella.com, Ben Kling, and more. Click and post them on social media or impress your literary love. Happy Valentine's Day, y'all!                                                                         ...

The Barnes & Noble Massacre of 2018

In the spring of 2017, there were approximately 26,000 employees in Barnes & Noble stores (600+). Today, that number got a whole lot smaller. What I'm calling, "The Barnes & Noble Massacre", others in the company are calling, "The Green Wedding". The layoffs all happened...

Scared at the Bookstore

I was working at the Barnes & Noble in Hyde Park (Cincinnati) when we heard about a robbery at a B&N in Indiana. It was around the year 2001 and in those days, a manager would come in about 5 or 6 in the morning,...

Something to Fear…as a B&N Bookseller

I sniffed the wind this week and felt a cold presence. A shift in the force that gave me existential dread. It wasn't the fact that America is slowly falling in on itself or that I now had a strange, new attraction to Melissa McCarthy....

Self Publishing 102: Getting in the Bookstores

Otherwise called, "why isn't the bookstore carrying my self published book?" One of the biggest obstacles as a self published writer (I am one!) is getting your printed book into the bookstores, especially the bookstore chains. I've found that many independent bookstores are more open to...

50% Off Books – How to Behave in a Closing Bookstore

I didn't do anything today that I'll regret later. Just bought a few history and true crime titles. I didn't hurt anyone. If you're in the Cincinnati area, you need to get to Lebanon, Ohio, immediately. Chapter Pre-Loved Books is sadly closing its doors and all...

The Naughty Bookstore Manager

Barnes & Noble Manager meetings in Florida used to be one hell of a time. Then the recession hit and the meetings had to go. Before that, they used to pull out all of the stops. Shawn Colvin once played a concert for us but no...

1976 Barnes & Noble Flashback

I'm dying to know the story behind the "of course, of course". It's not very catchy. It doesn't roll off of the tongue. It doesn't have anything to do with books. Was it an inside joke between the Riggio brothers? Only they could answer our...

Old Bookstore Goes Up in Flames

Early this morning, Tipp City, Ohio bookstore, Browse Awhile Books, went up in flames. Sadly, it was a complete loss and caused between $400,000 to $600,000 in damage. The building (built in 1871) is listed in National Park Services's National Register of Historic Places. Faulty wiring is...

Party Like It’s 1999 at Barnes & Noble

I had an interview at a B. Dalton Bookstore* in 1999 and I wore this awful, polyester pencil skirt that was too tight and the woman who interviewed me kept watching me tug at it. I like to think I won her over with my...

Eulogy for an Independent Bookstore

A small, independent bookstore near my house just announced that it is closing and as the only bookstore within twenty miles, this either says something about our times or my town. After having closed four bookstores myself, I am devastated for the booksellers and I'm...

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