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The lack of a permanent space often feels like I don't have much to go by, that my business lacks a tangibility.The words "I own a bookshop" still sit uncomfortably on my tongue as I'm not able to point people in the direction of said shop.
It follows that it's harder to sell a book you know nothing about.
Curation is perhaps fundamental key to a good bookshop.
Reach out to a few people such as event organisers, hosts of book clubs and writing groups, and you’ll soon enough find yourself with a strong network to start from as well as many a new friend.
Tying your own project in with someone else’s allows you to exchange ideas and look at things from angles you might not have considered.
To make a reader fall in love with a book - that is a writer’s job, but to lead a reader to a book - that is the bookseller’s job.
When a person’s gaze is drawn across the spines or covers of a row of books, so much must happen on both a conscious level and a subconscious one, it’s a bit magical. Running a mobile bookshop and relying on public transport and your upper body strength alone is hard work.
Maybe I am someone who can offer some advice as to how to go about setting up a pop-up bookshop.
In reply to Rachel's email, here's what I've learnt so far: Readers, book lovers, poets, performers and writers will all move within the same circles, especially within one city or town.
I can’t really expand on this one, it might be something one slowly perfects. By this I don’t mean learn to drive and buy a car, I mean have a car to begin with. I never learnt to drive and I’m still trying to crack this one.
Public liability, licensing and trading regulations will vary from space to space, and should be simply agreed upon with whomever manages the premises you’re trading in.