Thursday, February 17, 2005

author purgatory

I visited Manna Book shop today, to work on details for a local, Christchurch book launch of my new book. On the way out the door, I was shown the specials table. “That’s where the books that die end up.” I move to my car contemplating author purgatory, the slow wait before that dreadful day when you see your book remaindered for $3.

Posted by steve at 12:12 PM


  1. Years ago when I was still in the clutches of the Christian ghetto (and ghetto thinking)…I happened across Brian McLaren’s book Reinventing Your Church (now with the MUCH better title of Church On The Other Side) in the bargain bin of the local Christian book store. Reading it helped me along the path that I am on now (which is an adventure still in progress!). But I probably would not have bought it at the time if it hadn’t been radically discounted.

    My point is that I wonder if it would be such a terrible thing if your book was ended up in some bargain bins. Sure, I know you want it to do well. But maybe, just maybe it might find it’s way into some hands that never would have previously if not for said bin.

    Just a thought…

    Comment by Rich — February 18, 2005 @ 9:53 am

  2. Rich, this is such a neat perspective, that’s got a profoundly redemptive feel. In fact, it could be worked up into a modern day parable. Thankyou.

    Comment by steve — February 18, 2005 @ 4:47 pm

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