It was a busy afternoon at the B&N, which was great to see in this bad-news economy. Also great to see--a really diverse crowd of shoppers with an equal mix of men and women, dressed up and casual, punk and designer-label, young and old. Yes, people are reading....and buying books, all kinds of people, in fact!
Fire Me's story--of Anne Wyatt detouring from handing in her resignation to going for a lay-off and its severance package instead--was a great conversation starter with some browsers. When I told the tale to one woman, she said, "do you know my best friend?" Apparently, this best friend just left a job, opting for a layoff.
All in all, it was a great way to spend an afternoon (who doesn't like spending time in a book store?) doing some people-watching. Here is my "index" of observations for the two-hour stint:
- Number of people studying for their LCATs: one, who sat behind me with his very good tutor!
- Number of people wearing some sort of camouflage fabric: three (one cap, one pair of trousers, one shirt)
- Number of people with children in strollers: at least three that I saw
- Number of people who went straight to the coffee bar: at least five
- Number of designer handbags spotted: two (if Vera Bradley counts)
- Average number of books sold at this store through a book-signing when the author is not a household name: three, according to the CRM (and I'm happy to report I sold several times that number!)
As Fire Me hits other stores, I'd like to send out a huge thank-you to the Sourcebooks team-- Deb Werksman, of course, and Danielle Jackson, and the cover designer....and all the readers who lift up every author on this blog.