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Just one of 48,000 booksellers

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Barnes & - was my first night at Barnes & Noble, largest bookseller in the world and the company with the best-ranked retail experience in American business. For three years in a row. Not any pressure there to perform, no. Happy people. Great environment, generous benefits.

It’s part time seasonal through the middle of January, but it could turn out to  be more later. All the syntax of bookselling we got on our tour of the store tonight: mini-missions, channel shelves, dumps, toppers, waterfalls, step ladders, H’s, and the CGW: Core Gondola on Wheels.

It’s like learning the names of the sheets on a four-masted schooner. Children’s books generate the biggest share of the titles sold. Music is a high-value sale. And always, always, always, be offering the B&N Readers card.

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There are 48,000 booksellers across the US, in 800 stores. Just 60 per store, on average. I’m one of just three coming into the workforce in Lakeline Mall’s outlet as seasonal temporary. Five hours of HR forms, briefings and an employee discount number worth 30 percent off. Which I used to buy Zobmondo, a collection of outrageous bizarre choices. Would you rather live in a home without electricity or live in a home without running water?”

Net on the night: $16.13 after taxes and that crazy book above. There’s some workshop prompts in there.

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November 28, 2006 at 12:24 am

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Novel writing month begins

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I’m part of the National Novel Writing Month “contest” this year. You’re a winner if you write 50,000 words on a novel by Nov. 30.

This month I’m working on Viral Times, my futuristic romance thriller. What month have I not been working on it? Some early work goes back to 1993.

Futuristic romance thriller. Yeah — the virus in Viral Times, MightyHand, created by a fundamentalist Nobel Laureate, that’s the MacGuffin. Matters little by the end of the book. This is a love story, with danger all about, that happens in America in about 15 years.

So I get to make social commentary on what’s popular in 2021. Concoct a crisis of Biblical proportions, literally. But mostly tell the love story of Dayton and Angie, a reporter and a natural healer. How they recover from the grief of losing love.

Yesterday I did a “print-out party” of acceptable chapters — those related to this part of the trilogy. 254 manuscript pages. At an average of 225 words double spaced per page, that’s 57,000 words.

And those pages represent only two thirds of the story. This will be a 90,000 word first draft.

So if I can write another 43,000 words in the next 29 days, do I win the contest? Or do I win a good first draft?

It’s just 1,400 words a day. About seven pages.

Lucky seven makes me a winner. But NANOWRIMO, as they call the contest, gives me some fellowship and point aim toward. Like the final chapter.

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November 2, 2006 at 9:12 am

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