I've always found both crime writers and crime readers to be mostly very generous people. The notion that we're all competing against one another in the market place has rarely been part of my contacts or discussions. And, with readers, direct contact with an author seems to have less to do with 'meeting someone famous' than with wanting to interact directly with the writer and ask pertinent questions about the genre.
That's one of the reasons why I'm looking forward to visiting the USA to find out whether the reader experience is replicated there. And it's why I've already asked for and been given advice in this forum. In fact, the last time I asked a question, I got lots of very helpful, informative responses. I also got a list of suggested stores throughout the States which (had we but world enough, and time) would have added up to a wonderful road movie trip. Now, with my dates and my itinerary settled, the process of contacting individual stores has begun.
Needless to say (Sod's Law), some of the independents I'd listed have closed, become internet-only stores or decided to specialise in hardbacks only. So time to turn to Barnes and Noble, Borders, etc. But I find they list addresses and phone numbers, but no email contact addresses. I imagine that each store manager has autonomy in choosing authors' visits etc. but does anyone know if there's a central or a state contact point to which I could send my proposal? I'm restricted, by the way, to RI and Mass in late October and Fl in early November.
And, in case anyone's interested, I'm attaching the PR stuff I'll be sending to stores.
Thanks again in advance.