|Allie Boniface and Liz Matis|
This is especially timely - I think we've all been hearing that Barnes and Noble may open smaller Nook stores. (also, one of the employees talked to us about those machines that can produced a book in the store - though I'll say right now I don't think he was talking about Barnes and Noble doing it, but I did think it was odd?) Side note: Of the 10 of us I was the only indie.
We ten authors, armed with promotional materials such as rack cards, bookmarks, chap book excerpts, magnets, pens, and of course chocolate, impressed the management of Barnes and Noble. They hadn't known we would be bringing items so they had printed up sheets about our books. Also provided were slips of paper for each author with the book names, and ISBN numbers to hand to the customers in hopes they would go up to the register and buy the Nook Book in the store either for themselves or as a gift. The clerk would give the customer a gift receipt that would be put in a gift card envelope to present to their Valentine to be downloaded later.
Management encouraged us to approach customers. During the scheduled 2 hours the store made announcements about this first ever Nook signing and for customers to stop by and say hello.
So how did it go?
|Elf Ahearn (back) Charmaine Gordon (left),|
and Janet Lane Walters
When there was a lull our wonderful President Elf would bundle a couple of items (and chocolate) and wandered the store handing them out.
Did we sell eBooks? I sold 2 that I know of, which was 1 more than the day before. Like I said I get no Nook love. Kindle? Gangbusters!
|Wendy Marcus and Jennifer Probst|
|Liz Matis, Heather Thurmeier, Gianna Simone, & Kathy Attalla|
Hudson Valley Romance Writers of America are embracing the future. As the teenaged boy said - We are very cool.