My book “Naked Skydiving” was banned from the Mira Mesa Barnes & IgNoble tonight. Ironically, the book was published by Barnes & Noble but they won’t hold a book signing for books published by iuniverse, Barnes & Noble’s brand of print on demand publishing, that I signed with.
Some of you may disagree with what I did, but I unintentionally walked into the store during another author’s book signing that asked people in the audience to tell stories about their dating life. So I raised my hand and was called upon. I started tell people about my dating life and my book, “Naked Skydiving” that has dating scenes in it from a male perspective. My girlfriend encouraged me to tell people about the book, so I asked permission from the authors to see if they wanted me to get a few copies out of the car and show it to them and they said “Yes” in front of their audience. So I brought the books in to show it to them. I said I didn’t want to steal their thunder but can I show you a copy? One of the authors looked at me like she wanted me to leave the book on the table so she could read it later, which I did.
After the storytelling and question and answer period was over, I realized that photographers were taking pictures of the authors during their book signing and my book was still on the table. So much the better, I thought. But after a while, I noticed the book was missing. I wondered where it went so I asked the community manager in charge of book signings where my book was. She indicated that perhaps they kept it as a gift. I thought about the fact that this might promote it in some way, and decided to let them keep it. Then I offered the manager a free copy. She said they were having an author’s night soon and she’d read it to see if she wanted to include it. I exchanged contact information with her and started writing my contact information to leave for the authors too.
Apparently, all of their encouragement, like much in life was phony. While I was jotting it down, a man came up and rudely said he was the store manager. He said that he took my book and put it in his briefcase. He wondered why I was writing notes and he was very angry about it. I told him I was just leaving my info to the authors so they could get in touch with me if they wanted to. He said I was bothering several people making them uncomfortable because this was their event and not mine. I told him I understood where he was coming from, and that I asked permission every step of the way and they said “Yes.” He said he would give the book to the authors with my contact info, but he wanted me to leave. I said if you’re going to throw the book out, I want it back. He agreed to give “Naked Skydiving” and my contact info to the authors. I didn’t want any trouble but he was very agitated so I started to leave and I nervously left one of my books on a shelf by accident. He accused me of trying to further promote my book because a copy was still on the shelf and told me to “get the fuck out of here before it gets worse.” He gave me all of the copies of my book back with my contact info. I had to find my girlfriend and leave. She was somewhere in the store so after being escorted out by the community manager, I called her and only got her voicemail. I had her paged so we could go. I told her the story since she wasn’t present when he accosted me. For these reasons and the fact that Barnes and Noble overcharges iuniverse authors for their own books when they buy them in the store, I strongly urge you to BOYCOTT BARNES & NOBLE and get you’re copy of “Naked Skydiving” from my @square online store now, or if you see me around town in San Diego, I’ll sign a copy for you. Shop online or at an independent bookstore instead. You’ll be treated better.
I didn’t mean to upstage the authors or horn in on their action. I asked for consent every step of the way. Apparently, their consent was insincere. And they are so afraid of sharing the spotlight, that they had to throw me out. Perhaps they feared my book would sell more than the one being signed.