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"The used car lot of the book world."

Over at The Bright One, books editor Cheryl Reed reports from the Chicago International Remainder & Overstock Book Exposition.

Welcome to the used car lot of the book world or -- as I see it -- the publishing world's version of limbo, the waiting ground for books in between bookstore and pulp fire pit.

Personally, I would be absolutely thrilled to be remaindered, because it would not only mean that some publisher believed in my writing so much that they not only published my book, but that they produced far more copies than the market could bear. Provided, of course, that I'd be able to convince another publisher to ignore that sales disaster ("They marketed it all wrong, I'm telling you!") and take a chance on my followup effort.

January 22, 2007 in Books | Permalink