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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...

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....

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...

Self Publishing 101: Choosing Your Publisher

UPDATED 12/14/17 I've made it easy for you. You're welcome. Self publishing sucks. Believe me, I get it. Not only am I self published but I have worked in the book business for years, enough to know what gets into the stores and what doesn't. I know...

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...

The Rag Man – Barnes & Noble Creeps

Loooong ago in 2001, I was working in my first large bookstore (after a stint at B. Dalton) when I started to notice one regular. Now, I was new so I wasn't familiar with this seemingly nice man who would sit in the comfy chairs...

Adios, Living Dayton

VIDEO ONLY AVAILABLE ON LIVING DAYTON WEBSITE My last Living Dayton Show at Barnes and Noble and only two weeks left in the store. I was sad on the inside but cheesing so much on the outside, only because I had already drank an entire cup...

Borders Flips to Chapter 11

I remember a few years ago, I was lucky enough to attend another yearly manager's meeting for B&N in Orlando Florida. I knew what to expect after going through the ringer the year before. Rooming with a fellow manager in a swanky hotel, publishers using...

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