Rep Tries Not to Eat Her Words--Or Galley

Speaking at the rep pick session last October at the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association trade show, Wendy Pearl, a Penguin Group sales rep in the Bay Area, featured a late March book from Viking called The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma. She liked it so much that she said, "rather impulsively," that if the book didn't make it onto the Indie Next List and become an Indie Bestseller, she would eat her galley.

Friends and colleagues found out about the promise when Bridget Kinsella wrote about the boast--or threat--in Shelf Awareness, and her bosses are "holding me to it." Pearl has created a video imploring booksellers to nominate it for the April Indie Next List. As she noted several times, the deadline is February 5. "

Pearl compared The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards with The Kite Runner and City of Thieves and called it "really unique, mind bending, fun, compelling. Lots and lots of big fans and early buzz!" She also noted that "I really really do love this book, just not enough to eat it."

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