the perks of being a bookseller


Grace Helbig Book Signing - Manchester.

My (very bad, phone photos) from working the Grace Helbig Grace & Style book signing at one of our stores last week. Grace was an absolute pleasure to work alongside, a delightful and friendly woman that I instantly liked as soon as she walked into the office. I also managed a very tiny cameo in her latest FriDiary.

1. The queue, one hour before the signing.
2. 350 copies of Grace & Style, awaiting Grace’s signature!
3. Grace and myself.
4. Grace was a pro-signer… 350 copies in just over 20 minutes!
5. Selfies with fans.
6. Silly selfies with pink-haired booksellers.

Silly Selfies With Authors.

I seem to have accidently started a new series of posts - after my silly selfies with Linwood Barclay and Lee Child, I’ve begun asking the authors that I work with if they want to join in on the fun… and I haven’t had a single one turn me down yet, they’ve all been completely up for it!

Last night, I worked at Gollancz Festival in Manchester. It was a very hectic, but absolutely amazing, evening - that’s a whole other post entirely - but I took the opportunity to get ‘Silly Selfies’ with Richard Morgan, Joe Abercrombie, Joe Hill, Tom Toner, and Joanne Harris! I’ll be posting these very soon!

Gollancz Fest 2015.

The Perks of Being A Bookseller, indeed! I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to help out at the first leg of Gollancz Fest 2015, at our Manchester store, and despite it being hectic, I loved every second of rubbing shoulders with some of Science Fiction and Fantasy’s greatest authors - You can see what the full, amazing line-up was in the photo below!

(I’ve upload Room 2′s line-up, as that was the room that I was running)

Now, due to traffic, my room’s first panelists were late arriving, so we switched up the first two panels. 

Please excuse the terrible photographs, they were taken on my phone as I was unable to take my dSLR with me.

Panel 1: Predictions of the Future in SF: Does Reality Matter?

L-R Gavin Smith, Justina Robson, Stephen Baxter, Tricia Sullivan, Ian McDonald.

Introducing the Class of 2015

L-R Al Robertson, Aliette De Bodard, Tom Toner, Alex Lamb, Mark Stay, 

These Aren’t My Shoes: Writing Outside Your Own Experience.

L-R  AJ Dalton, Joanne Harris, Richard Morgan, Ben Aaronovitch

Would I Lie To You?

L-R Joe Abercrombie, Brandon Sanderson, Elizabeth May, Graham Sleight, Sarah Pinborough, Simon Morden, Joe Hill

I also took some fabulously silly selfies with Joanne Harris, Richard Morgan, Joe Abercrombie, and Joe Hill, which I will be posting in due course! 

After the event, I also got some time to chat with Richard Morgn, AJ Dalton, Joe Abercrombie, Tom Toner, Ben Aaronovitch, Joanne Harris, and Joe Hill. They are all so wonderful and warm, it really is my favourite part of my job - getting to interact with such wonderful and talented authors on a regular basis. You don’t go into bookselling for the money (because spoiler alert: there isn’t any), but for moments like these. 

Some of the authors were even kind enough to lend their excellent words to this very blog! It’s all still a bit up in the air at the moment, but you can expect some guest blogs and Q+A’s to be announced over the coming weeks as we finalise plans! I am so excited!