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Do Agents Buy Books For The Holidays?

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STATUS: The agency is only open for another week and two days. I’m a little intimidated on what needs to be done between now and then!

What’s playing on the XM or iPod right now? HOUSE FULL OF LOVE by Michael McDonal

If an agent buys books as gifts for the holidays, do they only buy their client authors?

Good heavens no–although I’ve certainly bought my share of NLA books to give as gifts. But it would look a bit self-serving if that’s all I did!

Not to mention, I often share extra ARCs with family and close friends so a good majority of them have read the NLA book long before it’s available to the public. It’s one of the things my nieces have LOVED about my being their aunt. *grin* LEGEND by Marie Lu was quite popular with them last March. They laughed when I told them it was releasing this week. For them, it’s been out forever.

So this Saturday I popped down to The Tattered Cover to browse and buy a few more items to wrap and put under the tree. I’m also a TC member and I had to buy my books asap to get the “share the love with members” 20% discount.

What caught my attention?

The Sisters by Nancy Jensen

I have not read this one yet but I’m hearing enough great things to take a risk. I’m rather enamored of the cover as well. I wish one of my client books had that cover!

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend by Susan Orlean

I received a complimentary copy from the editor. At first, I was skeptical. I didn’t know much about Rin Tin Tin and didn’t feel overly like I needed to but I am a dog person. I cracked it open and I got sucked in. It’s a really cool book about more than just the dog actor but about Hollywood history etc. My husband got sucked in to.

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

I just read an article about the making of the cover, which is visually interesting and unique. Publishers are floating around ideas about making book covers a work of art in and of themselves as added value for the physical book.

Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from The Animal Kingdom by Jennifer Holland

A girlfriend was with me in the store and pointed this book out to me. I took one look and had to buy it immediately.

And I imagine my TC shopping isn’t quite finished. Very likely I’ll be there again this weekend.

6 Responses

  1. Donelle Lacy said:

    Glad you posted that about your agency. I just queried tonight. Would that be an ‘oops’ or not just yet?

    I really love that cover for The Sisters!

  2. Kairee Taylor said:

    I like the name of your bookstore…The Tattered Cover. I was browsing your website and I got sucked into a Kristina Riggle sample chapter for Real Life and Liars. I loved it. The stoner hippie grandma. I have to read more. I love the sample chapter. Now I’m going to buy it as a gift…to myself. I work hard, I deserve it *wink.

  3. Kristi Helvig said:

    I love the idea of making the covers a work of art in themselves as I’m still a sucker for physical books, and often pick them up based solely on the cover. The Tattered Cover is one of my favorite places to browse…love the LoDo one best. 🙂

  4. Working Girls Design said:

    That is an awesome cover for The Sisters. Finally stopped working long enough to read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I am always pleased with how a good book can carry me away from my current workload. Great blog by the way.