Something to add to the story below and part of another reason why I haven't sent off that revision. . .
Recently I was in Titcomb's Bookshop. Now, I love Titcomb's. It's my favorite bookstore. . .the smells of old books, the soft music playing, the authors who visit, the activities they plan, the ladies who work there and love to read and know every book in that shop. . .all of it. While I was making a purchase one day a lady comes in with a children's picture book under her arm and engages in a discussion with the manager that went something like this:
Author: I have published this book and would like to know if you would sell my book here and let me do an author's signing.
Manager (looking the book over quickly): Has it been reviewed?
Author: It's listed on Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Borders. I have reviews there.
Manager: By a newspaper?
Author: No. (she's starting to scramble) But, I live locally. I live here in Sandwich.
Manager: We don't do any book signings until it's been reviewed.
Author: Oh. How do I go about that?
The manager kindly proceeded to explain the process to her. . .a process I know about because I attended a workshop about getting your book reviewed by a newspaper. Bigger newspapers get upwards of 500 books per week to review and if you have seen your Sunday paper lately, how many of them actually make it in? About 10? 20? How many of those are children's picture books?
I left the store feeling sorry for this woman. She went through the agonizing process of getting an agent and a publisher and now her own local bookshop wasn't going to allow her to sell it there until she gets it reviewed, which may never happen. These days the publishers don't do the marketing for you. They pretty much leave it up to the authors to take care of that.
Didn't make me feel very enthusiastic or encouraged!!