As readers we should be on our best behavior when entering the bookstore. It can be a very confusing, thoroughly frustrating experience and so I’ve come up with a list for you that you will help you navigate the aisle and deal with sales clerks like an expert!
1. Don’t argue with the sales clerk when she/he says that the book isn’t due out for another month even though your online friends and the store across the street has the book in stock. Just politely leave and buy the book where you last saw it.
2. Do try to resist the urge to move books around and correct the arrangement of books that are incorrectly shelved. You are not an employee there. If you see a copy of Gail Dayton’s The Compass Rose shelved in romance instead of the SF/F shelf – just leave it there. They’ll move it eventually. This maybe their way of tricking romance readers into buying romantic fantasy. [shrug]
3. Never ever face the covers of books face forward on the shelf! Let them sit there with their spine out. The sales clerk probably doesn’t want anybody finding them anyway.
4. Do go to the counter with confidence with your purchases and initiate small talk. Don’t feel intimidated when the sales clerk looks at the covers of your books with half-nekked people, groping each other on them, staring just a little longer than your comfortable with. Just smile and say your buying them for a friend.
5. And whatever you do, resist and desist alphabetizing. It smacks of common sense. Just turn around and leave Gellis in the P’s.
Also there’s one last thing I must say before I close this topic and that is…..
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Have a sense of humor! I just spent four hours at jury duty and didn’t get picked.