Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Laydown Lowdown

When I was a bookseller, I almost always worked Monday nights aka "laydown night." "Laydown" is a term used for new releases and their strict release dates. Just like a movie opens on a certain day, most books are assigned laydown dates and can only be put out for sale on a certain day. This day is most commonly Tuesdays.

For a few years I was in charge of book laydowns. Then later and up until we closed, I was in charge of all the multimedia (CD and DVD) laydowns. After closing up Monday nights, we'd lay down all the new releases in the appropriate displays and shelves in preparation for Tuesdays opening. The weeks leading up to the holidays were always late nights as understandably it is a popular time to release beautiful coffee table books, cookbooks, and novels by best-selling authors. All that always seemed to slow down the Tuesday before Christmas with just a handful of laydowns instead of cartfulls.

This week seems to be no exception. If you want to get a head start on your post-holiday diet and New Year's Resolutions, you may want to pick up "Push: 30 Days to Turbocharged Habits, a Bangin' Body, and the Life You Deserve !" by Charlene Johnson.

If you're looking to escape the last-minute shopping frenzy, you could try getting lost in a new Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel such as "Enchanted Again" by Robin D. Owens or "Touch of Power" by Maria V. Snyder. If you're looking for a good book to read by the Yule Log, you may want to curl up with the thriller, "Burning Edge" by Rick Mofina," and if you forgot to by something for your teenaged niece or nephew, you may want to consider "On a Dark Wing" by Jordan Dare a teen supernatural thriller that sounds like a cross of the film "Final Destination" with Lauren Kate's "Fallen."

I'll be back next Tuesday with the latest Laydown Lowdown. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Everyone !


Rachelyons said...

This is wonderful, Jenn! Now let's all take a moment to recognize the tyrant of the laydown world - Mr. James Patterson. Even though he's been dead for years;], he gets his own laydown night. Was it like that at Borders? Because at B&N his get put out a day earlier.

Jenn N. said...

Oh yes, I forgot, the ghost of Jimmy P is so special that his books are released on Mondays. Look for Private #2 in January, I believe the first Monday :)

Jenn N. said...

And I must clarify that Mr. Patterson is not really deceased. It's a long running joke, I'll share at another time.

Jessica said...

Rachel Jimmy P always got put out on Sunday nights....if I remembered. Most times I'd get in Monday morning to go oh S*** I forgot Jimmy P has to go out!!!!!