Winning is good, right? Sure! But winning can also be not so good.
When a book wins a prize, there’s a small window of opportunity to sell copies. No copies, no sales. Independent bookstores took orders. Amazon listed it as shipping “in 6-10 days” and just kept saying that, day after day. Barnes and Noble said it was not in the system. Libraries could do little more than put patrons on a long waiting list.
Where was it available? In e-stores.
In case you’re wondering, it’s now available in print. If you’d like to read the article I summarized here, you’ll find it in the Los Angeles Times.
6 months ago