But right now I want to talk about holiday gifts. Yes, it's that time of year (and I'm sorry I just missed saying Happy Hanukkah to everyone who celebrates that holiday -- hope it was great!). The bookstore where I work is in a mid-size Pennsylvania town, not a big city, and most of our customers tend to be grandparents buying books for their grandchildren, so a NYC editor may not be thinking along the same lines. But here's my problem:
DARK, VIOLENT BOOKS
DO NOT MAKE GOOD HOLIDAY GIFTS!
But does it make a good Christmas gift? Hell, no! Not to a sweet little old lady looking for something for her 14-year-old grandson.
And Paranormalcy by Kiersten White is one of the funniest, sexiest (without being raunchy) YA novels I've read this year.
I've tried to handsell it to plenty of people this month, to no avail. Why? The cover makes it LOOK dark and scary. If it had a brighter, lighter cover (think of something Evie uses that's pink with rhinestones), I'd probably have sold dozens. Grandmas want something that looks sweet, like Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski.
And then I have a related problem. There's a wonderful, inspiring book called The Running Dream (which I reviewed here). It would make a great gift for any tween or teen girl.
But it pubs in January.
January! This is useless to me when I'm recommending Christmas or Hanukkah gifts for people.
When will publishers start listening to booksellers, the people in the front lines? Humph.
Okay, I'll get down off my soapbox now and stop acting like Scrooge.
A hearty welcome to my new followers. I'm glad you're here. And I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas, or Winter Solstice, or whatever you celebrate. The next two weeks will be my busiest at work, so I may not post as often (although I hope to be back on Monday with a hilarious MMGM recommendation).
What about you? Anything in the publishing industry you want to rant about?