Christmas for an agent is a bittersweet time. On the one hand, there are more Toblerone’s in the stores to eat, but on the other hand publishing accountants go on vacation and there are no cheques arriving to buy said chocolate.
It can be a tough time for agents during the holiday season. Even more frustrating are the dozens of complaints you get from your clients because the books aren’t on the shelves. I’m fortunate in that I have a lot of very good people in the bookselling industry who can occasionally help me out when it comes to merchandising. But even with their help it can be very difficult for authors to get their books replenished at Christmas. Warehouses get full and behind and some stores are so focused on selling gifts, they forget about the books that are supposed to be out there. There is nothing worse than having an author go on television to promote their book and finding out there isn’t any place to buy it. Oh sure, they can go online and get it, but even with all the download options out there, people still like to go down to a bookstore and browse through it in their hands.
So, let me make it easier for you. If you are searching for that elusive gift this Christmas ( say James Duthie or Bob McKenzie), and you can’t find it. Give my associate Rachel a call or email and we’ll see if we can get you a copy directly. We may ( and I say may) even be able to get you a signed copy.
Again, a little scotch in my Christmas stocking may help you with your shopping!