Thanks so much for asking!
I spend every lunch hour going out to local bookstores and asking them to stock my book. I’ve been concentrating on college bookstores lately – something easy to do in Boston.
As I reported in another thread, when I went to the Boston University bookstore (run by Barnes and Noble) I found that THEY ALREADY HAD TWO COPIES ON THE SHELF! (!!!)
“Would you like to sign them?” they asked.
“Sure,” I said, off in some realm of beatific unreality.
Then they stuck those “Signed by Author” stickers and ordered eight more copies. And asked if I’d like to come and do a reading.
Usually, though, go “cold calling” and am met by a “What is THIS?” resoponse. They take my business card and say they’ll pass it on to the buyer.
It’s probably worth it, though. I’ve made contacts this way, and have placed the book in a lot of stores it otherwise wouldn’t have seen.
Last night my friend from NJ called. He just received his copy, which I think he ordered via Amazon.
Oxford is compiling a list of places t send review copies, and I have to give them my suggestions soon. I’ve got some names at key places, so with luck my book won’t end up on the “random” pile.
aside from that I keep checking on my listing at Amazon and other places. It hasn’t changed in weeks, so Harry Potter has nothing to worry about. If you type in “Medusa” at Amazon, though, my book is one of the three lised at the top. And if I type “Medusa Gorgon” on Yahoo my book pages come up on the first two pages of listings. So I’m having SOME impact.
I find that I will find almost any excuse to mention the book to complete strangers. I’ve been handing out cards in elevators and bookstores. Do you find yurself doing this? Am I being hopelessly obnoxious? Will I begin handing out cards at Menage a Trois?