The booksigning [sic] at B&N today in Bethesday [sic] was a disappointment. Lovely, gorgeous, beautiful day with a street faire across the block and a bbq cookoff [sic] competition on the Mall in DC. Not a day for being inside, and so there were few books sold.
It’s interesting that beef, pork and street faire beat-out the corpulant Ann “A.C.” Crispinand were the more attractive formidable competitor of the day. Nevertheless, but wouldn’t one think that the influential Disney Edition’s PR and promotional staff representing Ann “A.C.” Crispin would have the foresight to research potential competing events in the area prior to scheduling? Or, could it be that Ann “A.C.” Crispin hasn’t fully engaged herself in the promotional legwork that needs to be accomplished? Ann “A.C.” Crispin wrote about this responsibility in a March 9, 2011 Writer Beware posting:
For most of the time I was writing it, I was uncomfortably conscious of the fact that when I finished the actual writing of the book, my work would by no means be finished. I knew that, for the first time in my life, I’d really have to work at promoting a book.
Obviously, the “writers write and publishers promote” mantra has once again reared its fallacious head. Excuses and negativity seem to be the norm for Ann “A.C.” Crispin. On a walk through BEA recently with Victoria Strauss, Ann “A.C.” Crispin commented how dismal the turnout was for Strategic Book Group authors:
“Not many people in the aisle, and nobody lined up for autographs. It was really sad. I felt so sorry for them.”