I was reading through Seth Godin's archives, and came across a question he asked (but didn't answer):
"How come books get blurbed and promoted
by other authors, but movies don't get blurbed
and promoted by other directors and actors?"
I don't know the answer to that, but it's an interesting question. I like that we do. I get a rush every time I hand-sell a book, a real high.
Whereas, when I'm in Borders, I'm more likely to keep the fact secret that I've got a little essay in a book, but I am all over people who pick up a book by someone who's blog I read, or is in my chapter.
Like, the other day, I introduced someone to The Ghost Dusters series by Wendy Roberts. (Awesome book! I can't wait until the next one comes out! The only reason I haven't raved to you guys, yet, is because I'm saving it up for a whole post. It's worthy of a whole post.)
Similarly, I check my stats. I get excited when people click through to one of you guys's books. And even more thrilled when they buy it on Amazon. (I do get a referral fee, but it's so low, I'm not worth paying. I think I have a whole eighty cents earned, so far.)
I just love selling other people's books so much, I've actually considered working in a bookstore. In fact, I consider it every summer, but my teaching schedule is crazy, and I still need time to write.
And I love writing in bookstores, so I'm afraid working in one would put a crimp in my style, LOL.
Do you think Borders would take volunteers?
Anyway, I don't know the answer to Seth's question. Do you?