The second signing on this year’s tour was at Treasure House, a small bookstore in a great location and on track to sell at least 500 Pot Thief Books in 2011. The one thing I noticed was that more than half of the people buying books were people I had seen at Treasure House in the past.
We stopped at Garcia Street Bookstore in Santa Fe the next day, and they agreed to add the Pot Thief books to their inventory. I offered to leave signed copies on consignment, but the manager said their consignment process was so complicated that he preferred to order from Ingram. The key lesson here is that he said that only after he learned that the books are returnable. We OTP authors are lucky to be with a publisher who has that policy. Adam, the manager, ordered the books while I waited. Only one of each, but it is a start. As most of you know, my primary strategy is to get as many bookstores as possible selling my books. Not just stocking them – SELLING them. Like all strategies, it is imperfect. I lost two more outlets this year who went broke, so adding Garcia Street helps blunt that loss.
The next day I signed at Otowi Station in Los Alamos. Sales were slow – about 10 books – but the store had me sign their remaining stock of about 30 books which means they expect to sell those. And I know they will reorder when they do. Otowi is one of the stores that prefers Ingram. Others order from me. Some order from Treasure Chest (a small distributer in Arizona not related to Treasure House Books). I don’t care where they get the books so long as they sell them.
The green chile breakfast burritos are a great start to each day.