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Not Quite Dead Yet

The often (mis)quoted Mark Twain's "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated" could probably accurately be ascribed to DreamHaven and my own announcement that I was closing the store. I've tried to word things very carefully but no matter how I say it, it will be mis-interpreted. That, and I've kind of changed my idea of what the word "closing" means(shades of Bill Clinton).

I am planning to eliminate regular store hours at the beginning of February 2012. I will periodically announce a "SALE DAY", likely a Saturday, to be open, perhaps once a month or so. I'll announce it any and every way I can and I'll make sure I have some special discounts and sales to entice people into the shop. As I've pointed out to many, many people, I'm not moving out of my current location or even rearranging the store. I own the building, the taxes are reasonable, I need someplace to store my books and work from, so I'm staying put. I just won't have the doors open regularly so that I can actually get some work done. I won't go into all of the frustrating aspects of minding an open but suffice to say, it does keep me from actually making a living.

I'll be stocking much of what I do now and list them online and in my catalogs. Overall, things may not change a lot for many people; if you're used to coming in only once in a great while, then keep an eye on this site for dates and times when I'll be here to open up. I'm also planning to do some readings and signings and possibly other special events during the year. Again, keep an eye on the website, which I aim to improve in both appearance and functionality as I have the opportunity to spend more time and thought on it.

Crazily yours,



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Nov. 5th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
I've taken the liberty of reposting your LJ posts over on FaceBook, because while there aren't a lot of people following it over there, I do think it may pay back in added interest over time. IF I actually post things. Which I haven't been doing much until very recently.

So I'm going to try doing more of that.
Nov. 5th, 2011 11:59 pm (UTC)
As much as I've tried to avoid even more social media (like Facebook and Twitter) I'm sure I'll have to get more involved with them to get the word out that I am indeed open on such-and-such a day. I'm just old-fashioned. I remember telephoning as many people as I could think of when we ended up having a last minute Clive Barker signing (we got over 50 people in one day's notice) so now it's easier than that. But then there's the residual "noise" from everyone else trying to contact me.....
Nov. 6th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
Will you be open by appointment for regular customers?
Nov. 7th, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)
Sometimes. I'll have an answering machine for messages and I'll try to group appointments together. I'll be away even more than ever and I'll be working from home about half the time, just to save money on gas.

Nov. 6th, 2011 04:04 am (UTC)
Maybe post this to the mnstf natter list, where people like B and I will see it?

Nov. 6th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
That's the way I understood your original post about it.
Nov. 7th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
I appreciate the additional info. I look forward to future reading events, because I've enjoyed the Speculations series so much -- including because it gives me a scheduled reason to come do some shopping!
Nov. 8th, 2011 02:09 am (UTC)

Thanks for the clarification. I was hoping that you'd open the store up periodically. Lots of my in-store purchases have been items that I've seen while browsing your shelves, and so far I haven't found an online interface that works for me in that way.
Regards, David K.
Nov. 12th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
Well that's good news. I was going through the stages of mourning, realizing I'd have to find another regular comic store. I assume, though, that with limited hours you won't be ordering individual issues of titles anymore? At least not in such bulk?
Nov. 15th, 2011 03:30 am (UTC)
I'm afraid I won't be carrying "floppy" monthly comics; just some of the collections, graphic novels, books about comics and creators, etc. I haven't made any money on the regular comic sales in quite a while.

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