Tuesday, July 20, 2010

My Book Hit's The Shelves Today - Virtually

Today is the release day of 1 Zany Zoo.  I've had this date marked on my calendar for nearly a year - my work calendar, purse calendar, home calendar, both laptop calendars and google calendar.  You might say I was a little focused on this day.  So, why aren't I standing outside my local bookstore, waiting for it to open so I can finally see my book on the shelf?  

Because - my book will only be available online!  Apparently, bookstores are choosing to primarily carry authors with a "track record" in their stores.  This has been a huge disappointment to me - not only because I can't walk in to any bookstore and find my book on the shelf but, more importantly, potential readers can't!  

From the first time I saw the phenomenal cover Colin Jack drew, I knew it would be a magnet for children and their parents.  Then they'd open the book and start reading and looking at the equally fantastic illustrations on every page, and they wouldn't be able to resist it!  Well, that was the dream anyway.

So, I'm very excited my book is officially released - really!  I just need to adjust the dream :-)



  1. Congrats, Lori!!
    Enjoy this special time in your career!!!

  2. Congratulations, Lori! Even though it's not in bookstores physically I celebrate this amazing achievement with you. You wrote a book and it was published!! That is awesome.

  3. Thanks for the support, Nelsa! Trust me, I am so thrilled to have gotten my book published, it wouldn't matter if they sold it only in Antarctica!

  4. I'm in the same boat, Lori. That's okay. We'll work around it. :)

  5. Congrats!!! I didn't realize it wasn't released yet - so I was lucky to get my copy early!

    I think it's very interesting how bookstores are becoming more and more limited in what they carry - even having an agent and publishing through a major house doesn't guarentee being on the shelves! Amazing.

    But the good news is that more and more people shop online, even for their print books. So I understand the disappointment (I would be too!) but it may not matter as much as you might think.

    Best of luck!!

  6. I know, I assumed since it was published by Simon and Schuster they'd for sure carry it. After all the marketing by Cheerios, I'm the last person to complain about anything! You're right, so many people buy online now so it's not as big a deal.