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SIG Sightings

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Since I posted a bunch of places where Stand-In Groom has been “seen” online, yesterday I did what I’ve been meaning to do for a while, which is go around to the bookstores nearest me and get some shots of SIG on the shelves.

First, I wanted to share this one, that my sister sent to me back before Christmas, when she found SIG on the shelf at the Lifeway store in Baton Rouge:

Two weeks ago, my aunt Linda McLellan posted on my Facebook wall: “I finally made it to Lifeway Wednesday and purchased 6 of your books, so I probably cleaned out their shelf!”

The next day, my brother-in-law, Scott, called to tell me he’d been at Lifeway (the same one in the two instances above) and they were indeed sold out of Stand-In Groom. Since the placard was still on the Lifeway Recommends shelf, he took it up to the counter and asked them if they’d be getting any more in. They said yes, definitely, more were on order, but they were having a hard time keeping it in stock.

Earlier this week, my sister e-mailed again that she’d gone to Barnes & Noble on January 28, which was apparently the date B&N said they’d be shelving it. However it wasn’t out. She also checked at Wal-Mart, but I don’t think they’ll carry anyone who’s not at the sales level of a Wanda Brunstetter, Frank Peretti, Ted Dekker, or Karen Kingsbury. But it did make me curious to see if it was out at the B&Ns around here.

I started out my trip Friday at the B&N at the Opry Mills Mall (a.k.a., “Shopryland”). Like the B&N in Baton Rouge, they didn’t have it out. However, there was a pretty big hole on the shelf between Kathryn Cushman’s and Ted Dekker’s books. So we’ll pretend that they shelved it Wednesday and were sold out by noon Friday. So I left a pile of bookmarks where the book should be.
I also left bookmarks on the table where they had a display of wedding-planning books and on the table (just inside the main door) where they had a display of books for Valentine’s Day.

From there, I went to the Lifeway store on Broadway in downtown Nashville—the store where I first saw the book. As my good friend Ruth had informed me a couple of weeks ago, Stand-In Groom was not only on the top “Lifeway Recommends” shelf of the fiction section, but it was the very first book on the shelf, so it was the first one people would see when walking back to that section. There were five or six books on that shelf, and five or six down below in its regular spot, between Kathryn Cushman and Bryan Davis.
(Notice it’s right next to M.L. Tyndall’s book The Red Siren, which I happen to be reading right now and highly recommend. MaryLu and I, along with Mary Connealy, will be going on a book signing tour together at the end of March, so it’s fun to see our books shelved side-by-side.)

From downtown, I drove down to Cool Springs to the Lifeway there. Again, it was on the top shelf, with only three copies remaining. However, there weren’t any copies in the regular slot—not even a hole for them between Cushman and Davis.

From Lifeway, I drove over to the B&N. This location didn’t have it either—nor even a hole that indicated it might have been there, like at the other one. So, once again, I left some bookmarks there and on the Valentine’s Day display table (couldn’t find a wedding table at this store).

In heavier traffic than I saw down there on a Saturday two weeks before Christmas, I drove over to the Borders store. Their Christian fiction section is way back at the back of the store—right next to the restrooms. Oh, yay, what placement! But, I guess that means that there is actually more traffic past that shelf than past that section in B&N, where it’s buried between other sections on the other side of the store. But I digress. They did have two copies—with a hole that indicated that two or three copies had sold. So I faced-out one copy. Even though in this picture, I put it on top of the Kathryn Cushman books next door, there was enough room farther up the shelf that I was able to slide everything to the left enough that I was able to move my book face out beside Cushman’s. And I ended up moving the second copy onto a separate, small, free-standing shelf displaying copies of The Shack. Even though you can’t tell in this picture, the shelf my book is on is right at eye-level.

So, I’m disappointed that B&N apparently isn’t carrying it. Next week, I may take some time to call them or go visit and talk to them about carrying it (and also about the possibility of scheduling a book signing or two, not just for me but for the Middle Tennessee Christian Writers).

  1. Saturday, January 31, 2009 10:48 am

    Looks great on the shelves, Kaye! I’ll bet it’s a wonderful feeling for you!


  2. Saturday, January 31, 2009 1:01 pm

    I’ll never shop at B&N again for your sake. 😉 Naughty, naughty B&N. Don’t know what they’re missing.


  3. Saturday, January 31, 2009 10:24 pm

    LOL! I missed you at Lifeway in Cool Springs! I was there this morning too and saw your book, all three copies of it! And you’re so right, I was walking toward the fiction section and seriously, one of the first things I saw before I even turned down a row was your book. Top left corner. It caught my eye and I wasn’t even specifically looking for it!!! SOOOOOooo exciting, Kaye!


  4. Sunday, February 1, 2009 9:19 am

    I believe it’s slotted for that space through March – after that, I am not sure what the plans are (if any at this point). Based on SIG’s placement, I’m crossing my fingers and hoping Menu gets similar treatement when it releases this summer! 🙂


  5. Sunday, February 1, 2009 10:38 am

    It’s so fun to see it on the shelves!! Almost done reading my copy 😀 Love your characters Kaye!


  6. Monday, February 2, 2009 8:42 am

    Seeing those picks with your book makes me all fuzzy inside. You must be on such a high, Kaye. Congratulations!


  7. Monday, February 2, 2009 11:37 am

    Books-a-million is carrying it. In fact it was face out the first time I was there!

    Books-A-Million and Hastings are the only book retailers we have in my town. I don’t know if Hastings has it or not.


  8. Monday, February 2, 2009 5:13 pm

    I haven’t checked around here yet, but I’m sure Lifeway and BAM will have it. The closest B&N here is 2 hours away, so I won’t be checking there for obvious reasons.

    Finished it Friday and it was fabulous!!! One of the best books I’ve ever read.


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