From Marlene Perez’s blog (
On Monday, I volunteered at the Scholastic book fair, where I sold several copies of
CONFESSIONS OF A CLOSET CATHOLIC. I also convinced myself to buy a stack of books that I’m pretty sure I don’t absolutely need. Wanna hear the top question asked at the book fair? It was–Got any books about dragons?
Question: in your own trend-watching, do you find that people are looking for dragon books?
I especially like her point that “Yep, covers are important, but not as much as numbers for the authors’ previous books, the reputation of the imprint, the production style, the retail price, etc. The thing that is probably the most important, though, is the sales rep’s faith in the book … and really, how much we trust the rep.”
The chains obviously look at all those other things too–price and style are important to them as much as covers, I’m sure–but I’m sure we’ve all heard how they also care a lot about the covers. And covers are important! I love covers. It’s just interesting to see the different perspectives between independent buyers–who serve a much more specific market and can tailor their buying accordingly–and buyers who deal with such large numbers that they have to think on more general terms across the country.
t they were nice enough to give Simmons students a discount, but I would have made it a point to buy from them as often as possible anyway.
Then in turn she interviews Andrew Carre in his persona as YA editor at Flux, the new Llewellyn imprint.