“Why?” I asked my manager. “Why are the romances hidden? Why not move one of our most popular sections to the front of the store?”
His answer was simple. “Romance readers are determined buyers. They’ll find their books wherever we put them.”
This was pretty eye-opening to me, naïve and sunny child that I was. It bothered me, too, like my section was getting dissed, or my romance readers didn’t deserve the convenience of easy-to-access shelves. Yet my manager was right about the determination. Romance readers do go wherever they must to find their books, and there’s no such thing as the back of the store online.
Caragh M. O'Brien is the writer of The Vault of Dreamers and other YA novels.