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Thank Heavens for Fans by Lucy Burdette

People have funny ideas about the life of a writer–imagining clamoring throngs of readers, enormous checks, and movie deals. But like many writers, I call myself “midlist.” That means I’m delighted to have a contract for sure, but still toil away in the trenches, hoping to spread the word about my books. So honestly every fan is a big deal. And a fan who works at a bookstore? Fabulous! Thought you might enjoy this story by email about a fan/clerk at the Barnes and Noble bookstore in Milford, CT.

April 22:

Dear Ms. Burdette: I have some interesting news for you concerning the Key West Food Critic series. At my store, the employees each chose a book that they think they can sell 100 copies of. It’s called the 100 club. I chose “An Appetite for Murder” and so far, I’ve sold 37 copies. Who says you can’t profit from murder? CP

July 2:
Dear Ms. Burdette: Just wanted to keep you updated on the staff recommends 100 club at Barnes and Noble in Milford,CT. I am very guilty of sales with Hayley’s first book “An Appetite for Murder,” which is up to 81 copies sold. CP

August 12, from Community Relations Manager Karen Dydzuhn:

Charles Pigaty, one of my co-workers, is a huge fan of yours! I’m sure you know he hand-sold more than 100 copies of one of your books! At his urging, I am writing to ask if we could schedule a time for you to do a book talk and signing at our store.

September 18, at the bookstore:

LUCY: The photo at left is from the September 18 celebration and signing, where the BN district manager presented a certificate of congrats to Charles for selling over 130 copies of An Appetite for Murder.  (From left to right, Patrick Thornton, Charles Pignaty, Lucy Burdette)

Who says fans aren’t important? You guys are the ones who give meaning to what we write. Thank you Charles and Karen and Patrick and every one of you for every bit of support! xo Lucy

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    Tina Diamond said:


    Those fans are so awesome, It just goes to show how much the key west food critic series is loved. That’s what I try to do with my reviews of your books on my blog if my reviews can get people reading and buying books I feel like I did my job.

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    Lucy said:


    thanks so much Tina, for all you do to spread the word!

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    Jenny said:


    What a great post — you are a nice writer to be a fan of! For ex, you sent me a signed book –Topped Chef– for being your 3,000th Twitter follower. I was already a fan, but that book has a special place on my shelf and in my heart. 🙂 Looking forward to your new Key West mysteries.

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      Lucy said:


      Thank you Jenny! And I am crossing fingers you’ll be sending me one of your signed books some day soon:) xo

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