"When we read, we start at the beginning and continue until we reach the end. When we write, we start in the middle and fight our way out." - Vickie Karp
Thursday, 13 September 2012
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores - released today in America and Canada [here's the chance to win a copy!]
Well, hello, American and Canadian types! Today, 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores' can be found in your bookstores! Hurray! I am watching eagerly with binoculars from across the pond. Copies from my lovely American publishers [Overlook], arrived in the post today. They have that excellent new-book smell (the books, not the publishers. Though I'm sure they smell great, too).
This edition contains extra quotes from American and Canadian booksellers, such as:
Customer: If I had a bookstore, I’d make the mystery section really hard to find.
Quite an excellent idea, really! So, North American folk! You can now track down 'Weird Things...', RRP $15. Please do say something totally absurd to the bookseller you buy it from. It keeps us on our toes, you see.
And, because I'm feeling nice today, I'm going to do a giveaway! Everyone who replies to this post will have their name put into a hat, and the name pulled out of that hat will win a signed copy of 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores' (this is open to everyone, everywhere). I'll pick a winner tomorrow (Friday) night [midnight GMT].
writer and bookseller living in London. Author of the 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' series. I'm also a published poet and short story writer. My poetry pamphlet 'The Hungry Ghost Festival' is published by The Rialto. I'm currently writing my first novel, and my new non-fiction book, 'The Bookshop Book' will be published by Constable & Robinson autumn 2014. I'm represented by Charlie Campbell at Ed Victor Literary Agency.