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My love of bookstores

allyouneedisbooksIn case you haven’t gathered already, I love books. From the words on the page, to the tiny details penned into each and every corner, I can’t not see one without wondering what secrets it may or may not possess. The first time I went to a bookstore my parents had to drag me out by the collar; a marvelous feat mind you, since I was not a lightweight lad.

Since then, my obsession for the written word has never waned, nor has my love for the places that sell it. In my lifetime I’ve visited over 50 bookstores, and less than half of them were Barnes and Nobles. During each visit I’ve noticed something different about each one, the same way a wine connoisseur would be able to tell you the differences between one red and another.

No two bookstores are alike. Yes, this includes Barnes and Noble’s examples, for i’ve never been to one where the layout was exactly the same. The same goes for bookstores, big and small, for every single one of them comes with a specific flavor. And each flavor is indicative of not only the society in which they reside, but also the love in which their patrons provide.

For anyone who tells me bookstores are dying, I can honestly say this is the furthest from the truth. Bookstores are alive and well, and never should they be forgotten in what they provide. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, simply find your nearest bookstore and take a gander. Come by on a regular basis. Ask if they have anything new or any upcoming events.

Like books themselves, bookstores only need you to make that first little leap into their world. Once that’s done, you’ll be surprised at how much you’ll gain.

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I’ve been to many bookstores in my life, but i’d really love to hear about your experiences. Which bookstores have you all been to? What are your favorite things about bookstores?

Leave your comments, questions, queries, and contradictions below.

Until next time,

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Posted by on August 2, 2014 in Bookstores, Uncategorized

 

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Pre- Publishing Institute: Marketing Basics

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Hey everyone,

So I finally made it to Denver. After a day of unpacking, meeting, greeting, and overall having a good time I figured I’d squeeze in one last post before the Denver Publishing Institute officially began.

Since Orientation begins in about 30 minutes that doesn’t give me a whole lot of time to write. This may be good for those of you who have more important things to do on a Sunday (like Church, or mowing the lawn), but for those of you who enjoy procrastinating (on things like Church or mowing the lawn) this may buy you some more time.

One of our other readings, called Editors on Editing, is a series of letters and essays written by people in the Publishing Profession. The book is littered with advice ranging from basic common sense, to practices one must keep in mind to survive in the business end of books. Chief among those lessons is a simple rule:

Who is going to read this book?

For those of you who write, keep in mind: you may write the next great work of literature, or the most profound interpretation on modern philosophy, but if there is no market chances are it won’t even get past the Editor.

It seems cutthroat but that’s because it is. While there are many factors that determine whether a manuscript gets published or not, the biggest one often deals with the market, or lack thereof. Not to say you can’t get your book published, but even then it’s a major gamble. Sometimes it’s best to wait until the market comes back up, or maybe someone will set a trend. These are things you can’t control, but even so it’s good to keep them in mind.

So what are people willing to buy? What are people willing to read? That’s, overall, a general question that varies depending on whom you ask. However, the wonderful people with whom I am studying provided this fantastic picture:

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Originating from this article, this picture shows what is being read, how long they read, and what demographic tends to read what. It may not be the best source of information, but it’s a good place to start.

Thus concludes this lesson. Do any of you wonder if your book will get published? What do you think of this article? Do you fit any of the demographics on that picture?

I’d stay and chat but I gotta go to Orientation. Until next time.

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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