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13 May 2008 @ 02:05 am
Reading at the Park Slope Barnes and Noble May 15, 7PM  
I'll be reading from my bisexual historical romantic comedy, Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander, this Thursday, May 15, at the Park Slope (Brooklyn) Barnes and Noble, 267 Seventh Avenue (at 6th St.) at 7 PM.

Anyone in the Brooklyn area, I'd love to see you. Take the F train to the Seventh Avenue stop, which lets you out at 9th St., and walk three blocks north.
 
 
 
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on May 13th, 2008 07:00 am (UTC)
my friend erynn999 gave me your LJ link because I just posted how much I liked your book.

In fact, I made my sister buy a copy and I intend to get copies for my Wicked Evil Stepmother (who really isnt) and Anne McCaffrey (yes, That Anne). Both people whose reading tastes I know well. They trust my recommendations.

I was at a signing here in town tonight, and I talked to the lady who does the PR and things, and I touted your book to her, mostly because they have it in literature, and I recommended that they put a couple of copies over in the romance section to lure in the Regency fans.

I am now on the hunt for some of the references you used.
ann_amalieann_amalie on May 14th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
This is so wonderful to get a comment like yours!

I have to laugh about your discussion with the PR person as to putting some copies in with the Regency romance. I can only imagine the behind-the-scenes politicking that went on in the publisher's offices about how to "position" Phyllida. I know that HarperCollins is trying to sell it as fiction ("literature") while also aware that romance sells better.

But literature has the good repuatation... and some people become purple-faced with indignation at the idea that a romance could involve three people.

Many, many thanks for all your active work on Phyllida's behalf. You made my day.
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on May 14th, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
I was a real joy to read your book, and the PR person was delicately trying to tell me that "corporate tells us where to place the product" and I just ignored that and said they would sell more books if they put in the Romance Ghett.. uh, Section. Its got a good plot, fun characters, and its a damn fine read. Its a Regency, with a fine twist to it. Some of the books coming out in the "Womens Erotica" lines have a lot more going on between the pages than yours does. Shoot, they could put it in Gay Fiction for that matter and probably sell more copies than hiding it in Lit'tra'ture.
ann_amalieann_amalie on May 14th, 2008 07:02 am (UTC)
On Amazon when I go to check my sales ranking (something of course I rarely do--only about ten times a day) they also tell me what categories Phyllida is selling well in. In the beginning, it was no. 2 in Gay Romance.
The other category it was doing well in was Regency romance.

But in HarperCollins's defense, they really have done a very nice job for me. I love the idea that my book can have it both ways, just like my bisexual characters, appealing to some readers as romance and others as "lit'rature."
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on May 14th, 2008 07:28 am (UTC)
After I wrote you, I checked online at Powells, the largest independent bookstore in the area, and they have you in all three sections, gay lit, romance and literature. here is the link
http://www.powells.com/biblio/7-9780061451362-0

I think it will do well in any category, but, getting it into all of them is the key. I get the Harper e-newsletters about new books, so I was aware of it before I saw it on the shelf. Or as my sister asked me "What kind of smut are you reading now?" Sometimes its Vampire, Wuffie, Alien... but, I still have my paperback Heyer's, and my Signet Regencies, I even read all of Cornwells' Sharpe's series.. its a fascinating and contradictory period of time. (Actually I will read just about anything if its got words printed on it)



ann_amalieann_amalie on May 14th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
You are a woman after my own heart. The one thing I can't read is celebrity gossip "novels" and what I call "shopping novels," where it's all about going to upscale stores.


"I still have my paperback Heyer's, and my Signet Regencies, I even read all of Cornwells' Sharpe's series.. its a fascinating and contradictory period of time. (Actually I will read just about anything if its got words printed on it)"
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on May 14th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
I try to avoid the bestsellers if I can, too .. boring. Or any book that Oprah recommends.
lilyjaderoselilyjaderose on May 13th, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC)
shameless self promotion: my birthday is on may 15th! i'll be 22. :D

and also, you should post this in bi_people because there may be some members that would like to attend
ann_amalieann_amalie on May 14th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
Happy birthday! A big one--genuine adult plus one year.