Thursday, 13 September 2012

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores - released today in America and Canada [here's the chance to win a copy!]


Well, hello, American and Canadian types! Today, 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores' can be found in your bookstores! Hurray! I am watching eagerly with binoculars from across the pond. Copies from my lovely American publishers [Overlook], arrived in the post today. They have that excellent new-book smell (the books, not the publishers. Though I'm sure they smell great, too).

This edition contains extra quotes from American and Canadian booksellers, such as:

Customer: If I had a bookstore, I’d make the mystery section really hard to find.

Quite an excellent idea, really! So, North American folk! You can now track down 'Weird Things...', RRP $15. Please do say something totally absurd to the bookseller you buy it from. It keeps us on our toes, you see.

And, because I'm feeling nice today, I'm going to do a giveaway! Everyone who replies to this post will have their name put into a hat, and the name pulled out of that hat will win a signed copy of 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores' (this is open to everyone, everywhere). I'll pick a winner tomorrow (Friday) night [midnight GMT].

62 comments:

  1. My copy just arrived yesterday and I was so happy to see it. Just the other day I had a bizarre question in the bookshop and I wrote it down to submit for the next one.

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  2. I can't wait to pick it up! I'll just have to think of something bizarre to say at the register.

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  3. Hurrah! Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores is now a weird thing customers can find in bookstores and about which they can say weird things.

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  4. I am a librarian and I get a lot of the same questions. Oh what a great life to be able to work with books/customers!

    I would love a chance to win this book! :)

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    1. Hi Samantha,

      We're collecting quotes from booksellers AND librarians for the sequel :) if you'd like to send some over. Details are over here: http://jen-campbell.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/calling-booksellers-and-librarians.html

      x

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  5. I'm so excited this is out! I'm throwing in my name for a chance to win, and if I don't win, I'll just have to go buy it! (and maybe get the buyer at my bookshop to carry it)

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  6. I'm going out this weekend to see if I can find it! So excited!

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  7. I haven't been to a proper bookshop for ages (a visit is long overdue), so if I don't win the prize draw I guess I'll have to bite the bullet when I'm in Cardiff next. Maybe I'll ask the new Saturday girl for 'How to Treat Urinary Incontinence' by I.P. Freeley and see how she gets on.

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    1. You could always call up and ask if they have that book by that German chap, what's his name, starts with a H like in Hagen Daas... ;) If you're in Cardiff, pop into the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and say hello!

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  8. Would love to win this book! Going out this weekend to see if I can find it! So excited!

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  9. I've already got a copy but want one to give to my pal (who is a Hong Kong bookseller no less) as he's planning to visit in the autumn. He also found a snake in his True Crime section.

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  10. Looking forward to reading this, missed getting it whilst I was in England for a year but glad it has made it across the pond to Vancouver...and know which friends I'll share it with or buy it for.

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  11. I love your blog and would love to have a signed copy of your book!

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  12. A friend, Christopher Sheedy, who owns a used bookstore (Re:Reading)in Toronto, ON, Canada, has been posting excerpts on his Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Re-Reading/60907111681?ref=stream). They are hilarious! And he tells us he has a submission in the North American release! I would love to win your book!

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    1. He does.. in fact I think he has three! x

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  13. I've been waiting for when it would be published over here. Can't wait to read it! Even better if I won a signed copy! :)

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  14. I'd love to win a copy! I've been reading so much about this book, that I can't wait to check it out for myself ;) Thanks for the giveaway!! And, here's to lots of sales!

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  15. I am hopping over to a bookstore today to buy it, but a giveaway copy would be the perfect gift for any of my other bookish friends!

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  16. I completely love your blog and would love to win a copy! You're such an inspiring bookseller!

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  17. I look for this book in every book shop I've been in lately but haven't found it,

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    1. Hi Lindsay - it's sometimes lurking around the till. You can check availability for Waterstones branches over here http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/displayStockAvailability.do?sku=8733065, too.

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  18. Looking forward to finding the now released US edition. It may have to be ordered - Overlook books are sometimes hard to locate. But then, what better excuse to visit several local bookstores than to hunt, if not a Snark, then Weird Things?

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  19. can`t wait to read your book!!

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  20. can`t wait to read your book.

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  21. Woo! I've been waiting for this day :D I'm also down for the author's autograph though, even if it means owning two copes.

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  22. I have wanted to pick up a copy of this book for a while. Every time I look at a post of something weird said in a bookshop it brings me back to the good old days working in a bookshop.

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  23. Woo, I've been waiting for this day! I'm also down for the author's autograph, even if it means owning two copies. (sorry if this comment is a double, I'm on mobile and was redirected to log in before dropping this).

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  24. I have to admit I would love to own a copy of this book but it is quite impossible to get it in Poland. So I am really glad that there is a chance I might win it :)

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    1. Hi Olga, I can send copies to Poland for you. See over here for details: http://jen-campbell.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/oh-look-these-books-are-all-signed-i.html

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  25. I would really love to own a copy of this book but it is quite impossible to get it in Poland. So I am really glad there is even a slim chance I might win it :)

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  26. Oh, I'd love a chance to win it!

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  27. I so would love a copy of this book. Working in a library, we hear quite a few of the same questions. And I almost put a post-it on my forehead last week to signify I was on the phone.

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    1. Black Book references are always appropriate! Do send in some quotes for the sequel [link in the side bar]; we want to hear from librarians, too :) x

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  28. I'd love this book. Just to see if everyone sounds stupid trying to find a good translation dictionary, or it's just me.

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  29. Looking forward to reading this book!

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  30. Oh, I've been waiting for this book to come over here! I can't wait to get a copy!

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  31. Oh fabulous. This would be a fine primer for newbies during the holiday rush!

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  32. Hey, I was lucky enough to get a postcard when you did your awesome [and epic] mailing, so here I am again! And I certainly hope I've never done anything so silly as to end up in a collection such as this...though I still shamefacedly have to admit to falling into customerness and forgetting how to read signs...

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  33. Ooh, please put me in the hat! Thank you!

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  34. Hi, Jen! My congratulations! Would love to win a book, and if not, would be equally pleased to buy it )

    Zhenya

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  35. As an American and a former bookseller, I'm looking forward to a copy, either free (and autographed) or purchased!

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  36. I'm so glad that your book has gotten so much attention, I love all of the updates I get.
    My fingers are crossed that I win one!

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  37. I'm so glad that your book is getting a lot of attention, because I love receiving the updates from this blog. My fingers are crossed that I win one! (This may have already posted, sorry if it did)

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  38. I love reading your things customers say :)

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  39. I love your blog, so I can't wait to read the book.

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  40. i'm looking forward to reading and promoting your book!

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  41. I'm a complete bibliophile (kind of obvious, since I read this blog) and I would love to add this book to my library!

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  42. I am a complete bibliophile (kind of obvious, since I'm reading this blog) and I would love to add this book to my library!

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