Bookseller needs help with bookselling book!
I am in the process of writing a book all about the struggles of the independent used bookseller. I am a semi-accomplished writer but, more importantly, I AM a struggling independent used bookseller.
My goal is to garner an appreciation for our trade, but I want to really focus on the business side.Face it, 50% of America falls in love with the idea of having their own cutesy shop, but, in general, these people are not business-minded.
I want to give them the ins and the outs of starting a store, marketing, etc. This won’t be like every other startup guide, though, because my focus will be on all things specific to used books.Keeping up inventory, marketing on a very small budget, and not expecting to become a millionaire are all topics that I will address.
But… I need to hear from booksellers!
I’d like any suggestions for what you’d like to see in this sort of text. I’m sure we’ve all read articles and the like about the art of bookselling, but I am having trouble finding really comprehensive texts about owning and operating a brick-and-mortar used bookshop.
Honestly, I’m tired of seeing a new “Make your fortune selling books on Amazon and eBay” book every week. To me, that does not demonstrate a love for the volumes that I cherish and am honored to sell in my stores.
So, if you can make suggestions for the book or even tell me about some other books that I would be benefited to read, please do so. Thank you, and may God bless!
[editors note: please contact Shane via his website Gottwals Books or leave a comment below, thank you]
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