Or buy it. Whatever. I guess it depends on where you shop.
My good friend Rachael went looking for Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress at a Barnes & Noble in Seattle. The in-store computer showed they had two copies in stock but she couldn’t find either copy where the map said they would be. So she asked a sales person.
“Oh yeah,” the girl said. “That’s kept behind the desk.”
“Behind the desk?” Rachael asked. “That’s weird.”
I could see putting them there to keep my parents from fawning and drooling over them, but Judy and Tom are in Upstate New York.
The sales person went on to explain that Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress is one of the store’s Top 20 MOST STOLEN BOOKS.
Umm…okay, I guess. I mean, all authors dream of being on top 20 list. I just wasn’t aware this was one of my choices. So to all of you who stole so many copies of my book at a Seattle Barnes & Noble to actually make the store take notice: Thanks! Jackasses.
Oh, my friends and I had a good laugh over this. I mean, it is kind of funny. We tried to think of the reasons why this book, as opposed to several other billions would get stolen.
It’s not particularly small. I mean, it’s a trade paperback just like millions of other books on the shelves.
It’s not particularly expensive. $12.95 is perfectly reasonable for a trade paperback, right?
I’m not donating any portion of the sales to questionable organizations (and neither is Wizards as far as I know.)
So why are people stealing my book?
The consensus around the table:
It’s too pink. Guys are embarrassed to buy it.
So they’d rather take the risk of getting busted with a copy of it down their pants?
Hopefully the good people of Boston are inclined to heed gift guides and are not inclined towards pilfering paperbacks. Check out the super pink, irresistible, highly filchable book in the Boston Globe’s gift guide.
Now, to all of you who actually plunked down your hard earned money to buy my book– thank you! Really. I hope the new year cashes in all that positive karma you generated, bringing you every good wish.
And to the rest of you? Oh well. I hope people made fun of you for reading such a pink, girly book in public.