Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Judith McNaught Hates Librarians

I should have known better. When I saw that Can't Take My Eyes Off of You was slated for a November release date, I should have ordered the damn book at the last possible minute. Did I heed my own advice? Did I pay attention to that niggling voice of doubt? Hell, no! So I naturally ordered copies for work several weeks ago - only to discover that the publication date has since been pushed back to April 29, 2008!

Damn it!

Now I have to notify our acquisitions department to wrangle with Baker & Taylor to ensure the copies I did order aren't "cancelled" (which they typically are if B&T can't fill the order within an allotted time period).

Sidenote: I seriously doubt McNaught hates librarians, the title was meant to be tongue-in-cheek. However I still haven't quite forgiven her for the Water's Edge fiasco from a few years back. That was a huge "problem" book for me at work for the longest time. I kept ordering the damn thing, and it kept getting cancelled. Then I had to explain to library patrons 1) why we didn't have it 2) the latest scuttlebutt about it's publishing schedule and finally 3) why the book with said title was never going to materialize. Seriously, it drove me bat-shit.


J. Kaye said...

WOW! I love your blog!!

Rosie said...

She must still sell well if they keep on publishing her hardcover no less!

nath said...

NOOOOOOOOOOO! Oh man, I was looking forward to it :( I hate it when the release date is pushed back T_T

Rosie, I think that she still does well... Her last two books weren't great, but she's still Judith McNaught... since she doesn't have many books coming out, you'd buy her just out of nostalgia and hope :P

Wendy said...

J Kaye: Thanks!

Rosie: As far as library circulation goes, she does very well. I "saw" her at RWA this summer and even though I don't read her I was totally starstruck!

Nath: Yeah, she hardly floods the market. I think for that reason each of her books is "highly anticipated" amongst her fans. And sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

LindaS said...

As an interlibrary loan librarian, McNaught drives me nuts! I receive several requests a week to lend this title to other libraries - but we don't have it! And trying to get Tech Services to remove an OCLC record is next to impossible.