Friday, November 13, 2009

Book Problem

I have a book problem, and I'm hoping someone out there has a solution. I am moving to Seattle (that's not the problem). Like most authors, when my hardcover books were remaindered by their publishers, I bought up a few hundred copies of each. New authors, especially, tend to get over-enthusiastic about this. So did my late husband, Charles Sheffield. As a result, my basement is full of literally, thousands of books that I do NOT want to ship to Seattle. I want to get them into the hands of readers. But how?

I have some donated to libraries and sold some at local used bookstores. But there are still so many books left (I think they're breeding). I don't want to sell them on-line, one by one, which involves more effort and time than I have. I can't seem to find any used bookstore that wants a huge number of the same titles. I will sell the entire lot very, very cheap. Does anyone know how I might do this? Or will I be reduced to leaving them all over town in small lots, like Johnny Appleseed sowing apples, until someone reports me for literary littering?

Desperation is starting to set in.

7 comments:

Adam said...

Can you donate them to the USO for distribution to soldiers?

Andrew said...

I would think that some of the larger third-party resellers on Amazon would be willing to buy multiple titles for (very) cheap.

You might also check with a local megastore; I worked for Borders long ago and know that (back then at least) individual store managers have the authority to set up certain promotions and giveaways ("Buy any SF hardback, get a free Nancy Kress title!").

Also, welcome to Seattle! Though this isn't the ideal season to arrive, the summers are totally worth it. :)

King Rat said...

Powell's possibly?

Also, welcome to Seattle.

bluesman miike Lindner said...

I think Adam has the right idea, Nancy. I bring books to and play chess with the guys at the Veterans' Hospital here in NY. Every effort is appreciated.

bluesman miike Lindner said...

But--but--wait a minute here, Nancy! Why are you leaving Rochester for Seattle?? I hear that's a real mean burg. You'll be packing your sliceknife and laser pistol at all times, right?

I'm getting worried...

Mike Flynn said...

Leaving the throbbing nightlife and hip, cutting-edge milieu of the World's Image Centre, the City of Flour, to heigh of to some town at the edge of nowhere, where State Ferries have been known to motor into the mists and vanish from our dimension! Oh, dear.

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