Shannon Stacey

Things I pondered in Borders yesterday…

Why do I have a cranky Borders that blows me off when I ask them if they could carry even one of my books in print? Even if they have a store policy of ignoring local authors, do they have any idea how much money I’ve spent in that damn store?

Why could I not remember the title of a single straight contemporary romantic comedy I wanted to buy? They do exist, right? I know they’re endangered, but they’re not extinct.

Why are Linnea Sinclair’s books shelved in sci-fi in my Borders? You’d think Gabriel’s Ghost, which won romance’s top honor, would be shelved in romance, at least.

How is Triskelion putting mass-market editions of their books on the shelves? Seriously, I want to know.

Why has Joss Whedon not written the writing book to end all writing books? I’m not allowed to have the TV long enough to watch behind-the-scenes features and what-not on DVD. I need all his magic in paperback.

7 comments to “Things I pondered in Borders yesterday…”

  1. Bryan
      · March 12th, 2007 at 9:55 am · Link


    Joss’s commentary on Serenity was awesome. As a photographer and a writer, I was in heaven. Have you thought about playing the DVD on your computer? Think of it as “research time”.

  2. Bryan
      · March 12th, 2007 at 9:56 am · Link

    But, if he wrote a book on writing, I’d still buy it.

  3. Heather Rae Scott
      · March 12th, 2007 at 10:32 am · Link

    Wait a minute, your Borders has a policy on ignoring local authors? :wtf: That’s just wrong on so many levels.

    I can commisserate about the tv. I try and watch it with my guy, but he’s quick-draw-remote. :villain: He should be outlawed. LOL

  4. Shannon
      · March 12th, 2007 at 11:45 am · Link

    No, not an actual policy, I’m sure. I was being facetious. It’s more of an attitude than a policy, I guess. Although I’m sure Dan Brown, Janet Evanovich or Jodi Picoult wouldn’t be blown off if they stopped in.

    I hadn’t thought of that, Bryan. I could fire it up on the laptop and carry Joss around while I clean the kitchen and put laundry away. :thumb:

  5. Charlene
      · March 12th, 2007 at 1:32 pm · Link

    Shan, there’s also some great Serenity discussion from Joss online. Forget the URL but if I could find it, you can too. :wink: The local B&N wouldn’t carry my books, either. Sigh. Good thing Waldenbooks loves me.

    This cheered me right up. If people are hard up for straight romantic comedy, maybe they’ll buy Catalyst because they can’t find anything else to fill the niche! :thumb:

  6. Jordan
      · March 12th, 2007 at 3:26 pm · Link

    The last Borders I was in Triskelion, Samhain, Loose Id and New Concepts were ruling the shelves. EC’s releases were down to two shelves from like six last year. I’ve never tried telling any of them that I write. Figured it would be like speaking to the wall.:noevil:

  7. Alison
      · March 13th, 2007 at 4:21 pm · Link

    Living the Romantic Comedy is a great blog if you haven’t run across it yet. It’s writing related, but such great human observations.

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