For those of you small-press, independent authors who have had a hard time getting Barnes and Noble to open your book, here's a word for you:
Last weekend I had the totally fun experience of going on a book tour with three other authors. We started in Dallas and worked our way through Oklahoma back into Arkansas. One of our stops was at Hastings. And I learned a lot.
If you are lucky enough to live near a Hastings and you are an author, GO TALK TO THEM. The manager was so super friendly. They love local authors, and they will, in their own words, "Stock your book even if it's hand-bound and you only have five copies."
They also make up a nice poster for you and put it out all month before you signing. They make up flyers and stick them in customers bags so everyone know about your signing. They plan your signing around an anticipated release so you can take advantage of the crowd.
And they'll take your book and sale it for you, even when you are not doing a book signing. Is that not awesome?
Of course, they expect compensation. They take the biggest cut of any bookstore I've signed at, but hey, so what? My book's there. It's selling. That's awesome.
I have a new favorite chain. Go Hastings.
Don't know if there's one near you? That's easy. Use their website here.
What chains have you had success at that surprised you?? Give me details!