Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Battenkill Books!

I stopped in Cambridge to do some errands, starting at Connie's book store to start signing the 175+ copies of Barnheart she had ordered that had just come in. Gibson and I walked into the store, feeling like old friends. Connie was in the back at the register, waving us to her labors: a HUGE stack, mostly pre-orders and my heart raced. My books were next to a stack of Jon Katz's Going Home and his recent children's book The Dogs of Bedlam Farm . Jon was in earlier that morning and I was here to help complete some of the combined orders. Connie said that some CAF readers bought some of his signed works (all of his signed books can be bought through Battenkill Books) and some of my books were sold to his readers. A nice bit of overlap. And it's an honor to be a part of Battenkill Books, a newer, but thriving bookstore in our small town. Connie seems to be glowing these days, thrilled with the success of two local authors. If you bought a book from Connie, you are really making a difference in this town and that bookkeeper's life. Today, as she was passing me copies to sign and reading the instructions, she noted how great it was to sell books this way. "I touch them, you touch them, Gibson touches them..." and explained how warmer and intimate this kind of commerce was. I agreed. As we talked her mother brought in the fabric OPEN sign and commented on the wind. It was really blowing out there....

photo by Jon Katz, bedlamfarm.com

17 Comments:

Blogger Cathleen said...

Jenna,
We had the chance to visit Cambridge for the Art Show at Bedlam Farm Columbus Day weekend and I found your blog through Jon. We had the chance to visit Battenkill as well. Amazing connections that you have all made that extend far beyond your corner of the world. Thanks for adding to my growing "Barnhart."

November 29, 2011 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger Goat Song said...

Hehe, I called Battenkill today to check on the status of the books. :) The lady I spoke to (Connie wasn't able to get to the phone), told me there was a great big stack and they were awaiting your arrival in the afternoon to do some book signing.

That made me smile. :) What a nice way to go about getting a book. This is definitely on a more personal level than I usually have when buying a book. There's a story behind all of this, and it makes me so excited for the day when my copy arrives at my doorstep!! :D

November 29, 2011 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger Luann said...

just finished BARNHEART, awesome book.

November 29, 2011 at 10:45 PM  
Blogger Manzanita Farms said...

What a great feeling that must have been!! Congratulations Girl.

November 29, 2011 at 11:46 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Are you doing Gibson's paw print? lol

November 29, 2011 at 11:53 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

anyone who requests his print gets it. he lets me ink his paw and press it on the paper

thanks all!

November 30, 2011 at 6:37 AM  
Blogger seagoddess said...

Pefect timing cause I wanted to get the name of the store and is it Connie? I have to wait til next payday on Dec. 9 and hope there will still be one left to sign!

November 30, 2011 at 7:15 AM  
Blogger daisy said...

I put this on my Christmas wish list. Hope hubby comes through!
Congrats to you, Jenna and many more book signings...

November 30, 2011 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger doglady said...

I visited Battenkill Books last Wednesday and picked up my copy of Barnheart and Jon Katz's Rose In A Storm. Connie is a dear and the store is lovely. While I am an Amazon customer, going to Battenkill Books was such a treat. It was way better than clicking and waiting for the USPS delivery truck. If any of you manage a little road trip through upstate NY you should treat yourself to the Battenkill. There are some other cool stores to visit along E. Main St. too.

November 30, 2011 at 8:36 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

I was just on Jon's blog and saw the bookstore ladies...then went to your blog and was somewhat surprised to see the same kind faces! Nice bookstore!

November 30, 2011 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger PhysicsFysh said...

I had received my book a few days ago and am as pleased as pie! Thank you.

November 30, 2011 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger crashdown said...

I bought a book the day Barnheart came out, and I hope it arrives soon. Not to be the curmudgeon in the room, but I paid more than twice of what the book would have cost me at Amazon, and the Amazon book would have arrived in two days, not two weeks. All the intimacy of touch stuff is well and good, but I want my product.

November 30, 2011 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger redbird said...

Anything to have a Gibson autographed copy!! I need to order mineā€”got side tracked!

November 30, 2011 at 5:47 PM  
Blogger nik15 said...

To crashdown,

Sorry that the book has taken longer to arrive than you expected. We only just received the bulk of our 200+ copies Tuesday (we're at the publisher's mercy, I'm afraid). Jenna came in yesterday and today and she signed a ton, which went into the mail this afternoon. We ship USPS Priority, so most folks have their books within 2 days of mailing.

We are incredibly grateful for the support Jenna's fans have given us. We are a small shop - me and 3 part-timers (including my mom). Being a part of Jenna's book launch in this way has been very exciting, and we appreciate your patience as we fulfill these signed, personalized orders.

If there is anything else we can do to address your concerns, please call or email (518-677-2515, connie@battenkillbooks.com).

Cheers, and thanks,
Connie
Battenkill Books

November 30, 2011 at 9:57 PM  
Blogger crashdown said...

Connie, thank you for explaining. I have to admit, your comment blows away any response I've ever gotten from customer service at Amazon. Maybe there's something to the personal touch after all! :-)

November 30, 2011 at 11:30 PM  
Blogger Alexandra said...

I have been wanting Made from Scratch and Barnheart for a while now. I debated buying from Amazon, but decided I will be supporting my own local bookstore to purchase this holiday season!

December 1, 2011 at 9:49 AM  
OpenID a81e2fa8-1e92-11e1-aef6-000bcdcb8a73 said...

Hi Jenna,

I am anxiously awaiting my copy of your new book, Barnheart, which I ordered from Battenkill. I have been a follower of your blog since your first book came out. I wanted to "invite" you to check out and possibly join a new networking site (think Facebook for homesteaders) called farm-dreams.com. I also would like to possibly start a new group on there called "barnheart" for those who are afficted with barnheart as I am (it was a ta-da moment when I read the definition!). I did not want to use your name/word without your permission. Might be a great place to "plug" your books too!

Keep up what you are doing you are such an inspiration for the rest of us!

Janet

December 4, 2011 at 11:11 AM  

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