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Friday, July 29, 2011

Grocery Store Love

I have to say I love my local grocery store.

No, it's not Walmart. Walmart has no love for me, and therefore I don't love them. I'm that kind of lover.

But my local grocery store, Harps, was started in 1912 or something like that by a small family. Since then they've grown to 55 stores in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri.

Quite by accident, I discovered they set up book signings for local authors, and local authors only. A friend mentioned to me that she saw a book signing at the grocery store. Really??? Why didn't I think of that? So I emailed their corporate office. Within a day I had a response, requesting a copy of my book and giving me the phone number of the distribution manager.

I called her and we set up a meeting. I walked out of that meeting with 16 book signings set up in 8 different stores, all within 30 miles of my house. The BEST PART? She did all the work. She's the one who will contact the different store managers and tell them what day I'm coming.

Seriously. It doesn't get better than that.

Live around here? My schedule's on the Author Sightings tab.

Next I'll be contacting the other grocery store chains around here.

4 comments:

Dominique said...

That's incredible. Congrats. :)
Book signings at grocery stores. I wish my local stores did that. It would be totally awesome.

Amy Saia said...

Good for you, first of all, for having the guts to ask. What a great outcome!

Mary Aalgaard said...

Sweet deal. Congrats! I hope you sell tons of books and meet many fascinating people.

banananutmeg said...

I love harps, too. They happily give my preschoolers a grocery store tour every year and let them trick or treat along the way. it's so cute. In the deli aisle and the checkout they get candy, a cookie from the bakery, a banana or apple from produce, and a popcorn ball or pretzels in the snack aisle. So sweet!

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