Bookstore Wednesday—The End


Yes, I know it’s Thursday. All these snow days make for a confusing week. Or weeks.

Anyway, this will be last bookstore post—All on the Same Page Bookstore will be closing for good on Friday, February 14. Seemed appropriate. Somehow.

In late July 2011, we decided to open a bookstore. Insanity? Who knows? On October 1, we had our grand opening. Things went well until late last fall, especially the holiday season.

Again, who knows why?

Some people said it was the location—others thought we had a great spot. Some blamed Amazon—as do I, to a certain extent. Especially when people RECOMMEND going online to get books. So much for that “local” thing. We had a beautiful store, a relaxing atmosphere, coffee—everything you’d want.

Since we opened, FOUR bookstores in the area closed; one recently opened.

I feel bad that we failed, because we had a good thing going, especially for local authors who found it difficult, or impossible, to get their books on actual shelves. I feel bad for our regular customers, those who came in every week or month and for whom we frequently ordered hard-to-find titles.

And yes, I’m angry and hurt. Angry at all those clueless people who have come in the door over the last few weeks to express their regrets that we’re closing—and mention that they’ve been MEANING to come in, but never have before. Angry at the truly unobservant folks who say in surprise, “WHEN did you open??”

If each household in our little ‘burb had purchased just ONE used book each month, there would be no question of our having to close the store. ONE BOOK. Possibly, Creve Coeur should get the “most illiterate city” designation . . . Of course, we advertised: coupons, apps, online, direct mail. And we didn’t have any employees. Or salary.

The hurt part? Yeah, that too. All the “save” this or that bookstore over the last year . . . four authors whose books we carried either entered our “not a raffle” or purchased a membership. Four. Three others in the STL area did the either/or. Three.

Not feelin’ the love, here.

Oh, and that big ad that James Patterson took out last year, about helping bookstores? No updates, and I signed up twice and messaged him twice. Thanks, Mr. Patterson. Guess I don’t have to worry about recognizing you if you ever show up at the bookstore—we won’t be there. Nice publicity stunt, though.

So, to everyone reading this who might be a little ticked off—sorry, and you’re welcome. We really did enjoy carrying your books and recommending them to customers, and having you come in to do signings and events. Truly. It was fun while it lasted, but it’s over now.

 

 

 

7 comments on “Bookstore Wednesday—The End

  1. I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope that the successes you have with RHP will make up for the sadness you’re feeling about losing AOTSP. *hug*

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  2. I’m sorry too, Robin, my friend, even at this distance I feel your sadness. It most certainly is Creve’s loss when your good, genuine, honest business is shut down from lack of interest by the very people you are serving so well. How incredibly sad for THEM. You? You will persist, you will survive, remember, you are a true survivor when the SHTF in more than one aspect of life. RHP rocks! ((HUGS)

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  3. Robin, I don’t know what to say. I’m so sorry I didn’t do more for you.

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  4. Lois Prettyman (L. Lee Starr) says:

    I’m truly sorry to hear about the bookstore. I was so pleased that you and Dennis were supporting local authors. Although I hadn’t been in recently, I did purchase quite a few books from you, including your first.

    Are you going to continue writing and publishing? I hope that you do and that you continue to be inspired to keep writing, even if it is a gruesome business. Write for the sake of writing.

    I don’t blame you for feeling bitter, but your eloquence and creativity should be shared with the select few, even if you are under appreciated as an author. The nature of the book business is changing as we speak, but there will always be a need for articulate and creative people.

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    • Hmm. Don’t think any of this had to do with feeling not appreciated as an author. Considering the number of books I’ve both published and sold. My point was feeling lack of support for the store.

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