In this week’s Jealous Haters Book Club, there is no news about Handbook For Mortals.
Because it’s fading away. But don’t worry. You can still find a copy of Handbook For Mortals at your nearest, cursed bookstore.
Y’all. Guess who the fuck put her books in my store on consignment…..
L*ni fucking S*rem.
— shauna (they/them) (@theb00kwitch) August 1, 2018
In case you’re unfamiliar with the concept of consignment, what happens is that a bookstore and a self-published author or a small press representative make a deal in which the store will carry a title, which the author or small press provide, and if the book sells, the bookstore takes a cut. This is different to how a book that sells enough to legitimately make #1 on the New York Times list would be sold in a store. A book that is actually popular and in demand would be sold to the bookstore at a lower-than-retail price, which they would then sell at retail price. I’m not knocking consignment; I’ve done it myself because what else do self-published people do? But in one scenario, the business is investing in your product. In the other, the business is willing to let you rent shelf space. Twilight wasn’t hitting Waldenbooks on consignment.
In other news, a friend who lives in Las Vegas excitedly texted me, “You’ll never believe who’s on my flight!”
I was super disappointed to learn that it was not Carrot Top.