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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Give Me a Half Pound of Bologna with that Dostoyevski

Larry Baker's first novel was a critical success, but it didn't sell very well. He couldn't place his second novel at all. He went with a very small publishing house for his third novel. For some reason, Barnes and Noble wouldn't stock his book anywhere, not even in his hometown. So, Larry asked his local grocer if he could place the book at the entrance to the store. The grocery store manager said, "Why not?" It sold pretty well, so another two grocery stores started selling copies. In two months, they sold almost a thousand copies of the book. All in Iowa City. Larry tells his tale in Books in Grocery Stores: A Testimonial, from

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