Ep 17: Future of Bookstores, and YA vs MG

We’re joined today by guest Frank Cole, who is not only a very funny author but also manager of a large bookstore. We talk about where that industry is headed: how brick-and-mortar stores can survive despite the rise of ebooks and online discount retailers.

Next, we talk about the differences between middle grade and young adult fiction. Marion loves his bathroom humor, Rob encourages sex and violence, and Frank is perpetually ten years old. (Sarah writes Regencies, and is above all of this nonsense.)

Lastly, we play Storymatic, combining pig latin and pregnancy.

(We also have an ad, which is a first for us. But it was our favorite thing to record all day.)

To listen, use the media player below, or download here, or subscribe to us on iTunes.

Some music from today’s episode (used under a Creative Commons license): “The Annual New England Xylophone Symposium”, “Impromptu in A”, and “Destination Nonspecific” byDoKashiteru.

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6 Responses to “Ep 17: Future of Bookstores, and YA vs MG”

  1. Krista
    May 25, 2011 at 9:19 pm #

    You need TWO pregnancy tests to find out if you’re having twins.
    Of course!

    Excellent podcast! I was encouraged to hear about the fantastical/mg vs. realism/YA contrast.

    His tattoo read, “If you can read this you are almost close enough.”
    Mandy shuddered and took a few steps back from the swarthy man in front of her. The line in front of the big tent baked in the midday sun, buzzed with mosquitos, and the hot breeze must have been blowing from the elephants’ pen.
    If the line didn’t get moving soon, Mandy was going to have one blazing sunburn on her neck.
    She watched a girl suck daintily at a snow cone as it dripped out the bottom of its pointed cup. Mandy suppressed the urge to go grab it from her and devour it all.
    But then she’d lose their place in line.
    Where were they? She looked down at Cade. He’d begun to rock back and forth, shifting his weight from one foot to the other.
    Oh no. Not now. She looked at her watch. Three minutes until they opened the tent up. That was not enough time to sprint to the other side of the fair to the public restrooms, and they’d definitely lose their place in line. There was no way she was sitting up behind the trapeze posts and nets again, and there was no way she was asking creepy tattoo guy if he’d save their places.
    She dialed her brother’s number again. Her brother and his wife were supposed to meet her here half an hour ago. She’d left the message on her brother’s generic voicemail. She left another message, eying Cade, now holding himself as he danced. “Listen, if you don’t come quick your boy will either have defiled circus . . .” She eyed the nearest tent pole, “property . . . or he’ll be soaking wet and crying and we are SO not sticking around for that. Get here, NOW. In front of the BIG TOP, downwind from Dumbo, just past the bridge.”
    A police officer strolled by. Cade pointed. “Gun.”
    “Yep.”
    “Is he gonna use it?”
    “I certainly hope not.”
    “I hafta go potty.”
    “I know.”
    “I hafta go now.”
    “I really, really know.” She looked around. Not a port-a-potty in sight.
    Her cell phone buzzed. “Yeah?”
    “You’ve got some kinda nerve, threatening my boy. You think I care? Go ahead, dump him. I’d like to see you try pinnin’ this on me. And the circus analogy? Lose it. It’s creeping me out. Don’t think this is over.”
    The call was ended.
    She stared down at the phone.
    “Mandy? Sorry we’re late. Here, this one looks like he needs a trip to the big boy’s room.” Her brother lifted Cade up and they disappeared into the crowds. Her sister-in-law looked at her and the phone.
    “Everything all right?”
    Mandy looked up. “Um, sure. Yeah.” She turned off her phone. “Wring number. I’ll be right back. Save our place.”
    Mandy hurried over to the elephant pen, tossed the phone in, and watched as the pachyderm stepped in just the right spot.
    What time is it when an elephant steps on your phone? she thought.

    Time for a new number. Maybe Cade liked the movies.

    • Krista
      May 25, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

      “Wring” number?

      • Krista
        May 25, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

        Oh, and the ad? Funny, funny stuff.
        How do you spell that? F-U-N-N-Y.

        • Robison Wells
          May 25, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

          I’m glad you like the ad–it’s my favorite part. :)

  2. Katya
    May 26, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

    Loved the ad. (Also loved “instway.”)

    As for Sarah’s Wikipedia page, it looks like the page “Sarah Eden” may have been created and deleted once, already. Has Sarah had any articles written about her or other press coverage that would help demonstrate notability?

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