Wednesday, October 5, 2011

My novels in Sam's Club

A few weeks ago my editor told me that two of my books, Easily Amused, and A Scattered Life, were going to be carried by Sam's Club. At that point, I didn't hear any specifics--didn't know when they'd be showing up, or if they'd be in all the Sam's Clubs or what, but still this was very big news.

And then, one evening, my friend Paige, who lives in Alabama, called me to tell me she had stopped at Sam's Club on her way home from work. She said, "Honey, they have your books here and I'm looking at them right now."

I told her she should point to them and say really loudly, "I heard that these are really good books!" but she declined, saying that no one else was around just then.

Of course, after that I had to make a reconnaissance trip to my own local Sam's Club to see for myself. I only had one problem: I'm not actually a member. So I called the Sam's Club in Waukesha, Wisconsin and talked to Mike, one of the managers. I explained who I was and that I wanted to come in and see the books, and also take some pictures, if that would be okay. There was a really long pause. I don't think Mike gets this kind of call very often. But he was gracious and said yes, that would be fine and that I should check in at the desk when I arrived.

I enlisted my partner in crime--my mom--and we set out. It was a Saturday.

A lovely woman named Donna greeted us at the door. When I explained why I was there she enthusiastically shook my hand, which really warmed my heart.

We checked in at the front desk and got the all clear, then headed back to the book section. This is what it looked like:




The book section at the Sam's Club in Waukesha, Wisconsin, in September 2011


 As I got closer I was thrilled to see that my two books occupied four spots: 



Count 'em! Four spots.

 And that I was surrounded by the likes of Ann Patchett and Stieg Larson. Good company!


I was going to talk my books up, but just like the day Paige was there, no one else was around. So I took some photos and then Mom and I toured the store. I couldn't believe all the stuff they sell. Furniture--did you know they sell furniture at Sam's Club? Recliners and dining room sets and futons. Everything looked pretty nice too. I marveled over the cheap office supplies and boxes of granola bars and neon signs for businesses that say "Open," and "Closed." I was tempted to buy a set and hang them in my kitchen, but since I'm not a member of the club, it wasn't an option.

All in all it was a fun outing.



27 comments:

Rex Kusler said...

Wow! That should move a lot of copies.

Karen McQuestion said...

I hope so, Rex.

Thumper said...

I am totally going into Sam's Club this weekend, when it's really busy, find them, and make sure people overhear "I'VE READ THESE BOOKS AND THEY ARE THE AWESOME!!!"

Our Sam's gets really crowded on Saturday...

Therese said...

Lucky you, Karen...I AM a member. If you decide you want the signs...let me know ;)

Mark Young said...

Thanks for sharing, Karen. Congratulations ... now, are you applying for membership? Store carries great books!

Debbi said...

Most awesome! I'm sure you'll sell loads of books sharing shelf space with that Stieg fellow. And vice versa. :)

Pale Rambler said...

You must have been walking on a cloud through the store! Congratulations on the fantastic distribution. I've yet to be in a Sam's or Costco where people were not browsing through the books. Best of luck!
Mark

Karen Wojcik Berner said...

Congratulations, Karen, and right on time for holiday shopping. What could be better?

Karen McQuestion said...

Thumper, your comment made me smile! Thanks for brightening my day.

Hi Therese, I think I like the idea of the signs more than the actual signs.

Mark Young, I'm not sure if I'm joining Sam's Club or not, but it occurred to me that I could have saved a ton of money if I had done so when my kids were growing up. Little did I know...

Thanks, Debbi! If some of that Stieg fellow's luck rubs off on me I'm set for life.

Mark, thanks for your good wishes. I was walking on a cloud, how did you know?

And Karen (great name--ha!), I hope they keep them in stock through the holidays. I honestly don't know the game plan, but that would be ideal.

Therese said...

Karen-I knew that, but I thought I would offer!

Karen McQuestion said...

Oh Therese, I did know--I saw your winky! Thanks for the offer. :-)

Jon Olson said...

That, plus the amazon book of the day email. I think I'll die.

Jon O.
The Petoskey Stone
The Ride Home

Karen McQuestion said...

I just might, Jon. It's been intense--in a really, really good way.

Sean McCartney said...

That is awesome Karen. Keep up the great work. You deserve all the succes because you put out great stories. :)

Sean

Karen McQuestion said...

Thank you, Sean. I'm not entirely sure I deserve this, but I'm not going to turn it down!

Stephen T. Harper said...

So cool. Congratulations Karen! They look really good up there.

Sean McCartney said...

Trust me Karen you deserve it. Your writing is wonderful and I really like your YA material especailly the Fairies series.

Sean

Karen McQuestion said...

Thanks so much, Stephen. :)

And Sean--you called it a series, which makes me happy. It seems like a show of faith.

So far they are just two connected books, but I plan to keep going with it.

Barbara Sissel said...

How cool is that,Karen? Congratulations! Can't imagine the feeling you must have had looking at your beautiful children out in the wide world of Sam's no less! I'm thrilled for you!

Sean McCartney said...

Karen,

I told you I think there is a trilogy with those books. Would make a great splash for 2012. :)

Sean

Bill B said...

Congratulations, Karen! In time for holiday shopping -- high five & fist bump! Next let's see a photo of 'em in Costco ツ (<-- btw, did I tell you I saw that sideways smiley on a sign in Waikiki? It's a Japanese symbol for 'star'!)

Karen McQuestion said...

Thanks, Barbara! I appreciate your comment.

Sean, you get credit for saying the word "trilogy" first. Now all I have to do is write another book...

Bill, a high five AND a fist bump?!! This confirms that Sam's Club is a big deal.

Interesting about the sideways smiley. And here I thought you invented it!

Anonymous said...

I love that you are so successful and yet so down to earth about it. Going to Sam's Club with your mom and taking pictures. It's like the novelty of being a name author is never going to wear off! And I hope it never does. It's part of your charm.

Susan said...

Oh, I'm the last 'anonymous' comment. I pressed 'enter' too soon. Oops.

Karen McQuestion said...

Susan, I'm glad you came back to identify yourself. I always wonder about those Anon comments. :) Thanks so much for the nice comment too.

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - How great to be picked up by a larger venue! Browsers will certainly love your books!

Karen McQuestion said...

Thanks, Christina. I certainly hope so. :)