Northern Ireland’s biggest bookchain is Eason, with over thirty stores across the province. Yesterday, I received word back from the Head Buyer, authorising the sale of Chion in all the stores. The next step is for me to contact each branch individually and ask them how many (if any) copies of the book they will accept. With Ulterior back in 2002, some stores took as few as five copies, while others wanted as many as twenty; I sold over three hundred books in one day! Hopefully I will have the same experience with Chion. And this is where I realise that I should have thrown caution to the wind and ordered five hundred copies from Lightning Source, instead of two hundred and fifty. But no matter; I can order more as and when required.
A few hours after hearing from the Eason Head Office, I was delighted to receive an email from one of the local stores, asking for ten copies. It was a really nice surprise for a bookshop to ask me for my book before I’ve even had a chance to approach the bookshop. That’s the beauty of having done this before: awareness of my identity already exists, to some extent.
Online sales are also going well. All in all, I’m having a great experience thus far.