aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

An agent tries working at a bookstore

I know there are real-life agents out there who work at bookstores, but Dan Lazar spent a week working at his friend Nikki's bookstore, and found it an eye-opening experience.
Me: Have you read this exciting debut novel that sold for a zillion bucks last year?

Nikki: Dan, I can't give that book away.


Me: Publisher is printing my author's paperback with a shiny step-back! So exciting!

Nikki: Dan, in the store, we call those "1 out of every 5 is damaged."
One of the most time-consuming aspects of my job as an agent is discussions about book jackets. We cajole and nitpick and spill blood and scream over these covers. Working in Pudd'nhead Books solidified my resolve to stand firm when a cover is not yet perfect. (Nikki has a shelf called "Bad Cover, Good Book."

Read more of Lazar's insights here.

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