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Wednesday Randoms

*I made myself a custom mood theme and now I am obsessed with adding moods to posts.

*I am working on an article for DISCOVERY GIRLS. YAY!

*My agent received my $$ and the signed contract for my harlequin-Nascar book, so it's on its way to me. YAY! 

*I'm also expecting "The Bible" this week that will tell me what my book will be about. Yes, i have no idea. I dont even know if the bible also has the title on it or what. Should be interesting. I'll give you guys teh scoop once I get it.

*And yes, this means I am receiving the contract and money and I dont even know what the book is about. Vroom Vroom!

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lazy_iris
Feb. 26th, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)
That's exactly what I thought! I didn't know that until I read it right here in this entry. How is a book supposed to get popular if nobody has the option to pick it off the shelf?
mandyhubbard
Feb. 26th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
Sad, huh? Go preorder it at your nearest store (indy or chain!) to show them its a good book to stock, and it can actually have impact on who carries it and how many copies.

For the chains there are buyers who can decide how many copies nationwide the chain wants, so an enthusiastic buyer can be a huge boon-- or a buyer who doesn't like the title/cover can be disastrous.

Publishers change titles and covers every day to appease those buyers!
lazy_iris
Feb. 26th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
Wow, that's actually pretty horrible. I bet they saw your cover and were like YES!

I'll be pre-ordering more books from now on, especially from debut writers.

If a big chain doesn't stock very many or any at all at first, is there any hope that they will eventually? Like if the book does awesome on Amazon or something?
mandyhubbard
Feb. 26th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
oh yeah, chains can definitely change their mind if it turns out the book is doing well... it just sucks becuase sometimes they are deciding a books fate if they both dont buy-in-- the chains make up a HUGE percentage of your sales, and if its not in stock than no one's buying it!
lazy_iris
Feb. 26th, 2009 04:51 am (UTC)
It seems to me like it would just continue to spiral downards and do badly if at least one chain didn't buy it.

Crap! And I thought all I had to worry about was getting an agent and then a publisher.

You seem to be doing really well publicity-wise, though! I hope that the deals with the chains pull through and your sales do great :-D
mandyhubbard
Feb. 26th, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
thanks-- hopefully all my online networking pays off in the end. I'm not high on the list in terms of publisher publicity, so i'm trying to do everything I can.

It's crazy how much goes on "behind teh scenes" that determines a book's success. Iknow people who had target or walmart buy in, and they had to increase the print run by 50% just to accomodate them... some people sitting in offices can change everything with a single decision!

Tough part for me is that BORDERS is my fav chain because that's where I ALWAYS shopped-- B&N wasn't anywhere near me--and Borders is the one being most conservative right now with debut author orders.

*Crosses fingers*

lazy_iris
Feb. 26th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
I love Borders! That's where I shop, too. Now I'm distressed to learn that some of the new writers I'm following might not show up there! Omg Target or Walmart... they don't have many books in either of those places, that would be intense competition to get sold there... and I could definitely see how it could make/break a book.

Good luck! I'll go in my Borders and ask them if they have P&P when it comes out ;-)
mandyhubbard
Feb. 26th, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
Yep. There are buyers at the chains who sit and flip through catalogs and go "nope, yes, nope, yes..."

As a debut you have no sales figures so they can make their decision based on cover & back copy!

Pre-ordering at a brick & mortar store can be a really good thing to show stores that customers will be buying.
angie_frazier
Feb. 26th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
So excited for you, for PRADA and for this new NASCAR book. Can't wait to hear about the bible experience :-)
kellyrfineman
Feb. 26th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
Half the time the titles have little to nothing to do with the actual plot, just like the folks on the cover don't necessarily resemble the people in the books (as in, the cover has a blonde when the female MC is described as a red head, she's tall when she should be short, etc.)

Congrats on all your good news, and fingers crossed for the box stores!
lakramer14
Feb. 26th, 2009 02:54 am (UTC)
I had no idea about that whole process either.

Any news on SHATTERED?
onehappykat
Feb. 26th, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
This process sounds absolutely crazy!
On the plus side, I think your cover/title is adorable (haven't read the back cover, so I can't say), and fingers crossed that I'm not the only one that thinks so!
seeyouupside
Feb. 26th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
A novel-length comment.
I am SO excited for spring. So many good books are coming out (yours, the last of Megan McCafferty's series, and a bunch more). I'm excited to see your books on shelves in my nearby Border's, the Harvard Coop (status alert LOL!), and everywhere and anywhere else.

I was also unaware books were not just put out on major bookstore shelves. I thought every book was just placed in Border's or wherever. I guess not...

You'd be so proud of me. I just downloaded Taylor Swift's new album ''Fearless'' and it is ALL I have been listening to. She's also having a concert in NYC (apparently New Jersey isn't that awesome, lol) and I'm going to try to get tickets.

I love your moodtheme. I want a really cool moodtheme but I have no idea how to download a moodtheme and load it onto the livejournal.

What is this 'bible' you speak of??

(I'm rooting for Shattered to be published. I'll even write a petition for it. You've got support from me!)
mandyhubbard
Feb. 26th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
Re: A novel-length comment.
yay, glad the presentation went well! :-)

I love FEARLESS, it's awesome.

Also, a tip: Sign up at taylorswift.com for her newsletter if you have any hope of getting tickets...I got mine on Tuesday. even teh radio station presales aren't working-- I tried out of curiosity and the only thing I could get was a single ticket in the nosebleeds.... but when I used the presale earlier this week from taylorswift.com I was able to get two decent tix.

I didnt "download" a mood theme, I found a bunch of LJ userpics with different expressions and then assigned them to different moods...it took forever. It's under "customize your LJ theme" or whatever.

The bible is because the nascar books are write-for-hire-- in other words they hire you based on a writing sample and then THEY tell YOU what to write. The bible will tell me what my charactesr are and what happens in my book, and then I can write it.
seeyouupside
Feb. 26th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
Re: A novel-length comment.
Thanks for the tip about Taylor's newsletter. I'll go do that ASAP.

So 'The Bible' is basically a prompt (or multiple prompts) for an author. It gives you a plot and characters and then you go and write it. That sounds... I don't know how I would feel about that actually. It's as if you're getting money (ALWAYS A PLUS!) but at the same time, you're not exactly writing what you want to write. I guess that's why I am in between of this NASCAR bible thing.

OMG...in my presentation, I was like "Mandy grew up on a farm, likes NASCAR and getting dirty but also loves the regency era." :-P

Yeah, I'm going to fool around with this moodtheme business.

So if P&P goes out in June (well, duh, it does), will it be everywhere? Like can I get it in Border's and Barnes and Noble's or will it be in smaller venues like cute, little bookstores owned by normal people?
mandyhubbard
Feb. 26th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Re: A novel-length comment.
Hopefully it will be stocked in all of teh above!

"Cute little bookstores" decide each, independantly, what they want to stock. Since they are small and have a hard time making a profit, they're often pickier and 90% of their books are by bestselling authors...but they like to sprinkle in new stuff too. They'll get a catalog and decide themselves what they want.

These little stores are great becuase if you go and tell them about a book and why they should stock it, sometimes they'll keep it on hand just becuase you say its great. :-).

I won't know for sure where it'll be stocked for atleast 2+ more months, but it LOOKS like the chains will pick it up....
seeyouupside
Feb. 26th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
Re: A novel-length comment.
Haha...yeah I was having a memory lapse and could not remember the word "independent" - thank you! "Cute little bookstores"

That's good.

(Apparently Taylor hates my school e-mail. I have to test out my dorky 13-year-old e-mail with Taylor Swift's newsletter.)
ext_122896
Feb. 26th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
That's so exciting! I think it's got to be kind of fun to get the chance to write a book based on a "bible" like that.
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