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I've been told so many times that that book I've written doesn't exist as a genre or that readers "don't like that kind of thing." What they really mean is that they haven't read – or haven't heard of – the bestselling authors in that genre.
GeraldQ said:I was once sent by Marketing to an event in a bookshop (I had to pay my own train fare) and arrived after a four hour journey to discover that the shop had no copies of my book in stock. The publisher had forgotten to liaise with the shop.
In the case of the bookshop, they didn't even know I was coming. They were very apologetic
Hindsight, eh? In G's defence, I would probably have done the same as him and trusted my publisher.