Friday, December 14, 2018

National Salespersons Day by Merrillee Whren

I always have fun sharing these interesting and different holidays. National Salespersons Day was started in 2000. In 2010 the holiday was moved to the second Friday in December, according to some places. Others may choose the first Friday. Whichever day we choose, December is a good time to celebrate people in sales because it is a busy, busy time for them. My dad was a salesman for many years. Here's a photo of him receiving an award for his sales. He's the one on the left.
When I was in college, I worked retail sales during the summers and also during the summers when I was a teacher before I got married. I worked for JC Penney and worked mostly in the shoe department, but I sold everything except major appliances. My dad was an excellent salesperson, me, not so much. I'm finding as an author that I have to be a salesperson when it comes to getting people to buy my books. I'm still in the "me-not-so-much" category when it comes to marketing. I'd rather write than promote. But here I am doing a little promotion. I have a new release, HOMETOWN DAD. It is the third book in my Kellersburg series.

You can find the book at these retailers. 
Barnes and Noble:

The first book in the Kellersburg series, HOMETOWN PROMISE, is now part of a box set, A MERRY LITTLE WINTER. 

You can purchase the box set for 99 cents at these retailers.
Have you ever worked as a salesperson? What did you sell?
I will give away a copy of my Christmas novella, PUPPY LOVE and MISTLETOE to one person who leaves a comment. I will draw the winning name on December 15 at 9PM MST. 

Merrillee Whren is the winner of the 2003 Golden Heart Award presented by Romance Writers of American. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of forty-plus years, and has two grown daughters. Connect with her on her Facebook page and sign up for her newsletter.


  1. It should be on Black Friday. Thanks for sharing.
    Margaret Daley

  2. I am glad that I've never worked in direct sales, but both my sister and my husband have that experience. Do not enter me into the drawing as I already have the book. <3

    1. Being a salesperson can be tough, especially if you have to deal with unhappy customers.

  3. I worked in clothing stores when I was younger starting in high school. I was never very good at convincing people to buy things, either. I was much better working at the cash register.

  4. I had never heard of this day, and couldn't sell anything lol. So interesting! Your new story sounds great!

  5. I worked in retail for years as a bridal register, gift basket designer, sales person in Walgreens and many other retailers!

  6. I worked at B.Moss for a couple years. Enjoyed working the cash register. Our one day sales were crazy!

  7. What a fun holiday, Merrillee. And congrats on your new release!

  8. Worked in Junior Achievement in High school making and selling peanut brittle. Jane Squires