Sorry this is a day late. I had a dress fitting during my blog time.

Question on point of view: A previous post reminded me of a book I read by Gail Carsen Levine – Fairy Dust and The Quest for the Egg. I found this book truly entertaining and well written, but did notice the viewpoint shifted around all the time. We could see into basically everyone’s mind. What do you think of this writing style?

Now this one is more a matter of personal taste than anything else. I personally prefer minimal shifts in point of view. I tend to find them distracting, and if done poorly, shifts in point of view can make the work confusing. However when done well, seamless changes in point of view can be fun to read.

How is it chosen which books are turned face-forward on the shelves at the bookstore? Is this a paid thing? The shelver’s choice? In your opinion, how does this impact sales?

On the whole face-outs on your normal shelves are determined by space. If we’ve just pulled a bunch of books for returns, we have more space and more face-outs. Books are picked based on thickness and quantity. Also older books and hardbacks are given priority. There are also special shelves that are reserved for specific books. Some of these books are picked for promotional reasons; others are paid. I’m thinking here of special shelves in the business book section. I don’t think this is as common in the kids’ area. I don’t know for sure.

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