Thursday, December 10, 2009
Patterson Writes Mysteries?
Earlier tonight I dropped by my local Barnes and Noble to see what James Patterson books they had. I first searched the mystery section of the store, but didn't find any Patterson there. I asked the salesperson at the information desk where I'd find Patterson's work and why. Well, I actually knew the where. It was in the "Literature and Fiction" section.
It was the answer to the why-question that was more interesting. The salesperson said the publisher decides (at least in B&N's case) what section of the store in which the book is placed. The salesperson mentioned also just a few weeks ago the publisher told B&N to move Patterson's teen novels to the "Literature & Fiction" section. However, they moved the teen novel back because, I assume, sales went down.
What section should Patterson's Cross and WMC novels be placed? Mystery? Are these mysteries novels? What is a mystery?
To be continued...