Now, at the end of this book, I want to include a 'Top [Twenty or so] 'Weird Things Customers Say in Other Bookshops' along with the name of the people submitting and details of their bookshop. I really want to make this a bookshop book, you know? And I do have ideas of what I'd like to do for those twenty or so bookshops that will be included in the book, but it's still very early stages and I need to sort that out with my agent/publisher/get my head round it all.
So, for the time being, I'm asking you to get your thinking caps on. The book deal we've signed with Constable and Robinson is for UK rights, so for now I'm asking for submissions from UK booksellers only. However, I'm hoping we can sell rights to America and other places etc at some point in the future, and if/when that happens I'll come back and ask for submissions from those other places, and we can edit the 'Top Twenty' at the back of the book accordingly, depending on where it's going to be published. OK, everyone on board? Phewf!
So. UK booksellers, please send me your funniest 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . You are welcome to send in as many anecdotes as you like [please keep them clean, though!]. Bear in mind that if your 'Weird Things' is picked for the book then you'll need to make sure you have permission from the bookshop owner [if that isn't you]. Please include a name, contact number, and the address of your bookshop, and set out your 'Weird Things' in the style of the previous posts [ie script format]. Please also make the title of your email something along the lines of 'Weird Things Submission' so I know that your email isn't spam. You have until 30th September to submit.
If your 'Weird Things' isn't picked for the book, and I really liked it, I might ask you if I can use it in a blog post and post a link to your bookshop's website. But that's all for later.
I'm going away tomorrow for three weeks, and when I get back I'll pick the 'Top Twenty [or so]' and get in contact with everyone who has submitted.
Jen Campbell is the author of the best-selling 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' series. She's also an award-winning poet and short story writer. Her poetry collection 'The Hungry Ghost Festival' is published by The Rialto, and she lives in London, where she works at an antiquarian bookshop. Her new book, 'The Bookshop Book' is forthcoming autumn 2014, and she is currently writing her first novel.
Forthcoming 2nd October 2014 (click for details) pre-order
From the oldest bookshop in the world, to the smallest you could imagine, The Bookshop Book examines the history of books, talks to authors about their favourite places, and looks at over three hundred weirdly wonderful bookshops across six continents (sadly, we’ve yet to build a bookshop down in the South Pole). The Bookshop Book is a love letter to bookshops all around the world.
Sunday 5th October 2014 Wigtown Book Festival 3pm talk about The Bookshop Book, Q&A and signing. Buy tickets. Saturday 11th October exciting event in London - more details soon
Tuesday 14th October 2014 West End Lane Books, London 7:30pm. Talk, Q&A and signing.
Wednesday 15th October 2014 7:30pm-9pm: Waterstones Castle Street, Norwich Chat about 'The Bookshop Book.' Tickets are £6 or £4 for concessions and loyalty card holders, with £3 redeemable against a purchase of the new book on the night. Refreshments will be provided.
Thursday 16th October 2014 Blackwell's Oxford 'Will Bookshops Exist in 100 Years?' Discussion with Jen Campbell and Mark Forsyth. Tickets £6. More details here.
Saturday 18th October Ebb and Flo Bookshop, Chorley - more details soon
Tuesday 21st October
evening event - more details soon
Wednesday 22nd October George Bayntun, Bath evening event - more details soon
Wednesday 29th October 2014 7:30pm: The Big Comfy Bookshop, Coventry. Fargo Village, Far Gosford Street, Coventry, CV1 5EA Audience Q&A and signing.
Friday 7th November 2014 Much Ado Books, Sussex evening event - more details soon
Monday 10th November Hull Literature Festival - more details soon
Thursday 20th November 2014 Beccles Books - more details soon.
Thursday 27th November 2014 Rossiter Books, Ross-on-Wye - more details soon
Saturday 6th December 2014 Pritchards, Merseyside - more details soon.