Saturday, February 25, 2006

Numbers

For those of you who have sold books at the AWP bookfair -- how many books do you typically sell? I know journals don't sell in the high numbers -- but I've been told books do a lot better. I'm trying to figure out how many Bedside Guides to bring. Obviously I want to bring enough so I don't sell out early, but I also don't want to have to ship or lug 50 books back home.

6 Comments:

At 12:28 PM, Blogger Patty said...

Reb --
Sorry, haven't sold books at AWP, but I'll be there and will definitely stop by to say hi. Nathan will be there, too (we gave you a ride to the hotel from Caroline's house?) -- and I'll look forward to buying my copy of The Bedside Guide then (I KNOW -- I should've bought it already...it's on my list...). Looking forward to seeing you then.
Patty

 
At 12:29 PM, Blogger Patty said...

p.s.

I wasn't very explicit, was I? I meant to say, we met you in Richmond, and gave you a ride to hotel from Caroline's house...

 
At 1:41 PM, Blogger Reb said...

Of course I remember you, Patty! Nathan too. :) See you at AWP.

 
At 11:04 PM, Blogger Laurel said...

You might contact Austin bookstores and set up a deal to sell them leftover copies at a crazy rebate, in any case... so you don't have to lug home.

 
At 3:17 PM, Blogger Scott Pierce said...

(cough) what bookstores? They don't take kindly to no poetry at no bookstore in this here city.

 
At 5:09 PM, Blogger EILEEN said...

The record is generally lousy...and people usually wait until the last day or so when a lot of booksellers deep-discount their books to avoid lugging them home. So unless you have communication of buying interest ahead of time, in your shoes I would bring 20. But I'd also bring order forms so that if you end up selling way more than what you brought, you could get their money then with the promise you'll send to them later. Finally, if you're interested in giving comp copies away to potential reviewers, that should be something you should keep in mind. I could be wrong but this advice is, after all, worth only dos centavos.

 

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