I love Tuesdays in the bookstore. Usually, carts are cluttered around the store and employees are busy stacking the shelves with the new releases. There's an energy on Tuesday that inspires me. All those newly-released books--what's not to love?
Except there were no carts today. Not only that, but my particular Borders seems to have a decidedly lax opinion on release dates. While I eagerly anticipate Tuesdays like movie-lovers anticipate Fridays, my Borders seems to think a release date is a suggestion date.
Of course, on one hand it is.
On the other hand, buzz builds anticipation. Anticipation builds as the release date nears. And when I walk in the store to NOT find my eagerly anticipated shiny new books that are lazily on their way, I feel like a lover denied her climax.
And next week, when it finally decides to find its way to the shelves, I'll have a nice little pop of surprise. It won't have the same power, though.So while I understand that a bookstore might view Tuesdays as a day most booklovers don't know about, I can't help but wonder: if bookstores took part in that anticipation, if bookstores joined in that big release day, wouldn't THEY get more sales, too? Oh well. Go enter Robert Gregory Browne's contest before midnight on Wednesday, if the book hasn't hit your local store yet. Worth a shot, eh? Anticipation brings me to endings. Now, I DO know one can't please everyone. I DO know that reader mail should be taken with a grain of salt. However, it's clear that my endings need some work. Several hint that "it can't end yet!" or "but we're going to hear the rest of their story, right?" And yesterday, I got, "I treasured every single minute reading this, until the final chapter." The final chapter was rushed. I can't say she's wrong, and I feel badly that I let her down. Is this one of the things I'm supposed to not admit? Well, I do. I mean, I'm not in tears or anything, but I am determined to do better with my endings. Any advice? My latest love is Microsoft One Note 2007. It's this sort of notebook organizer thing that is AWESOME. I can put my outlines, characters, research, and even book, all in one place with sections on top, and different labels on the right. I can even have multiple notebooks for each novel, for reading, for blogging, for everything. There's a 60 day free trial (not exactly 60 days; two more months. So if you sign up today, you get to use it until April 30th, which is almost three months!) Play with it; it's fun! I have one file called "Bow Ties." As I'm writing my novel, I jot down a little note on every little thread that needs tied up at some point. I musn't disappoint my readers!