the perks of being a bookseller

Book Haul! …ish.

It’s that time of the year where people post the photos of the books that they’ve been gifted over the Holiday season! However, as a bookseller, people don’t buy me books. They either don’t know what to buy me, or know that I can get them much cheaper myself with my staff discount.

That being said, however, being a bookseller comes with some fantastic perks. Like the above stack! Those are the books I have been sent by publishers over the past two weeks!

This should definitely keep me busy….

From top to bottom.

  1. Humans: An A - Z - Matt Haig
  2. Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death - Chris Riddell
  3. Only Ever Yours - Louise O'Neill
  4. All Fall Down - Ally Carter
  5. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender - Leslye Walton
  6. The Philosophy of Beards - British Library
  7. Lost & Found - Brooke Davis
  8. Alice and the Fly - James Rice
  9. Those Above - Daniel Polansky
  10. The Novice - Taran Matharu
  11. Starborn - Lucy Hounsom
  12. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage - Haruki Murakami
  13. Letters of Not - Dale Shaw
  14. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (New, Illustrated edition) - Arthur Conan Doyle

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.


My London Book Fair 2014 Adventure: Day I

I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to go to LBF 2014 for free, and even spend one night as a Hosted Bookseller, thanks to the Booksellers Association.

These are some of my photos from Day One of LBF 2014!

1 - 9am and rocking up to Earls Court!
2 - The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared was my favourite book of 2013, so when I saw this huge poster of it, I had to grab a quick pic ;)
3 - Meeting Helen Dunmore.
4 - International Terry Pratchett day. Unfortunately, Sir Pratchett himself had to pull out of the event due to illness, but his co-author and friend, Stephen Baxter, filled in for him at the last minute.
5 - Meeting Haatchi and Little B!
6 - Meeting Stephen Baxter.

My first day at LBF was spent… confused! I don’t think I fully realised just how absolutely huge and disorienting it would be! Not only that, but with so many great events and exhibitors… where to go and what to do was overwhelming! 

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!

Phew! What a mini-hiatus that was!

I went a little bit AWOL there. I should explain.

I was lucky enough to get to go to the London Book Fair 8-10th of April, which was just absolutely wonderful. and amazing and phew. I’ll do a separate update-post (with photos) of that at some point soon.

I also got whisked away to sunny Glasgow (it was actually surprisingly sunny…) to see Brand New (& creep on bookshops), then sped off to Nottingham to go to Hit the Deck festival - that was rather awesome!

Then right back into work. Which is fine. Because my job is books. And that’s cool.

I have a few reviews to write, and I am also in the midst of moving stores. I’m back in my hometown store - as Bookshop Manager now, though! But I shall try and get around to the reviews as soon as possible. All previous reviews can be viewed here.

So normal(ish) service resumes now. 

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!