Things I have discussed in the last week with my customers:
1. Why we’re closing. (Numerous reasons.)
2. What we’re all doing after the store closes. (Your guess is as good as mine.)
3. Why we won’t be absorbed into the larger store just blocks away. (No open positions.)
4. Whether or not the books will get any cheaper. (This from both the vultures and the regulars; the regulars get a truthful response.)
5. What we really meant when we were saying we wouldn’t be getting any new books. (See number one. No, really. I’m not hiding a copy of Plum Lovin in the back, I swear.)
6. Who wrote Huckleberry Finn and was I sure. (Mark Twain. Mark Twain! I fear for this nation’s youth.)
Things I have discussed in the last week with my coworkers:
1. Whether or not Wendy Werris retracts her assertion that chain stores are responsible for the dumbing down of America’s youth in further on in her article, “Chain of Fools?” or if she simply comes to terms with the fact that she needs us dim bulbs. (I have been commissioned by the boss to tackle this in a highly rant-tastic fashion—stay tuned.)
2. Whether or not Borders hooking up with Gather.com will have any affect on the online book community, and what they mean when they call Gather the MySpace for adults. (And for that matter, who had heard of Gather before this.)
3. Speaking of MySpace, is it really worth it from a marketing point of view to have a MySpace page if your book isn’t specifically teen or music orientated. (Group thought is no, simply because they’re hard to navigate.)
4. Whether or not an author should have a regular website as well as a MySpace (yes) and how they could manipulate Google to come up first in the search engine. (‘Cause scrolling through two or three pages to find the real author website/MySpace is a pain.)
5. Why the heck Kate Brian’s character Reed (from her YA series Private) continued to be in awe and worship of the Billings girls when they were everything she professed to hate. (and how we could get our hands on the newest novel coming out in April.)
6. What books we were going to buy when the prices got lower. (Hey! What? We’re human.)
7. What we’re going to be doing when the store closes.
Overlap? A little.
Hard to motivate? A lot. At this point we’re just pushing stock around to best maximize our sales, and that’s a little depressing (hence the non-postage). But I’ll be back with something later tonight!