If I owned a bookstore, I’d . . .

If I owned a bookstore, I’d . . .

If I owned a bookstore, I’d . . . run a Signed First Edition Collector Night program offering hardcover, hand-signed, first edition print books from established and upcoming authors. For those interested in the Signed First Edition Collector Night program, I’d offer a printed six-month “menu” of book selections, showcasing about six noteworthy book titles per month (36 total titles) from which to choose. Collectors would indicate (pre-order) which books they’d like to collect – buying all, or a few, or just one book per month.

Then, once per month, on the “Signed First Edition Collector Night,” I’d wrap the pre-ordered books in beautiful parchment paper and bookbinder’s twine and invite “Collector Night” patrons to a special wine tasting among the stacks. The collectors’ books would be waiting for them on a beautiful antique monk’s table and to thank them for their patronage, I’d offer an evening of private, after-hours browsing and book buying while the store is closed to the public.

And I know this program sounds a bit snobbish – but it’s not meant to be. It’s meant to be a celebration of signed, first edition books. Plain and simple. The books don’t have to be rare or “uber literary” or hard to acquire. This is just a focused “type” of book event – sorta like an art opening. The kind of book event Amazon can’t hold. Because, well, you know. It’s hard to drink wine and talk books when the bookstore is a computer screen. And gosh, how much does a hardback book cost? $24.95? This isn’t going to break the bank. Heck, I spend more than that on chicken nuggets when my four kids are in the car.

Types of books I’d offer each month in my Signed First Edition Collector Night program:

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Imagine you’re a “Signed First Edition Collector” at my bookstore, which of the above books would you like to collect as a hardcover, hand-signed, first edition print book for your bookshelves? Leave your order in my comment section. It’s fun to pretend.

One more. (Consider yourself spared. My actual “If I owned a bookstore, I’d . . .” list runs quite long.)

If I owned a bookstore, I’d . . . offer the services of a Private Library Curator to assist with building and installing custom libraries in my customers’ homes. Oh, now, settle down. I’m not talking about “fancy” libraries in “fancy” homes (although, I wouldn’t turn anyone away!), I’m talking about helping parents establish a top-notch library for their child’s bedroom. Or helping a geography buff discover new books on the topic.

I curate a couple of small collections in my own home library. Nothing fancy. Just shelves dedicated to a type of book I like to read. I’d love it if my local indie bookstore offered curating services . . .

Book collections don’t need to be big or rare or expensive to establish. They need to be special. That’s all. And who better to help you build your collection than the hand sellers of the trade?

Imagine a curated collection of books for a child’s room or cabin get away.

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A curated collection can fit on one bookshelf. This shelf would make a great holding place for books about maps, travel, politics . . . OR! Books organized by state – either the state in which it was set – or the state in which the author lives. Super cool!

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If I owned a bookstore, I’d . . . do lots of things. For one, I’d do whatever it takes to make my customers feel cherished and unique. I’d elevate the book-buying experience and I’d foster a world where book lovers feel supported in their never-ending pursuit of the perfect book.

Damn I wished I owned a bookstore.

Thanks for reading! To return to the FICTION WRITERS BLOG HOP click here: http://www.julievalerie.com/fiction-writers-blog-hop-june-2016

Fiction Writers Blog Hop – June 2016

FICTION WRITERS BLOG HOP
Where fiction writers connect with readers.

Join us. It’s fun!

Fiction Writers Blog Hop

Fiction Writers Blog Hop

ALWAYS THE LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH
HOSTED ON JULIE VALERIE’S BOOK BLOG
WWW.JULIEVALERIE.COM

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Are you a writer, reader, book blogger, and/or fan of books and blog hops?Hopping along the Fiction Writers Blog Hop is super easy. Simply click on a square, then enjoy being whisked around the blogosphere reading great articles and meeting interesting book people.

womaninbookstoreLink to a book related topic that you’ve written on your website OR if you’re wanting a topic to write about June’s optional topic is: Bookstores.

List of Optional Topics
July 27:
 Stellar Jacket Copy
August 31:
Book Clubs
September 28: Libraries
October 26: 2017 Writing Goals
No Fiction Writers Blog Hop in November or December – enjoy your holidays!

Add your link as early as 5pm on Tuesday, June 28 (EST / New York) in advance of the “official” day of the hop – which is always the last Wednesday of the month (June 29th).

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Want in on the action? Creating a square and linking an article from YOUR website to the Fiction Writers Blog Hop is easy.

TWO STEPS:

  1. Click on the blue, rectangular “Add your link” button (below) to add a link to your website.
  2. Add this sentence to the blog post on your website so hoppers can find their way back to the master link list on this website: Thanks for reading! To return to the FICTION WRITERS BLOG HOP on Julie Valerie’s website, click here: http://www.julievalerie.com/fiction-writers-blog-hop-june-2016

For more specific instructions – read this.

* LINKS OPEN [RIGHT HERE AT THIS SPOT] AT 5PM TUES JUNE 28 – official “hop” day is Wed June 29 *

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A few quick tips before you add your link:

|| All book lovers welcome. Writers, readers, book bloggers, book groups, industry folks. || Be social. If you add a link to the blog hop, take a moment to visit others and tweet, comment and/or share. || Tip: When leaving comments for others on their websites – if you don’t see a comment box right away – click on their headline/title. That usually opens up the full features of a blog post. || But don’t be spammy. No links to your books on Amazon, please. And please choose a blog post you think others will enjoy reading. Avoid linking to something that could be considered “promotional.” || Mark your calendar. I host this blog hop on the last Wednesday of every month. || Share the fun. If you feel so inclined, hit a few of those social media buttons at the bottom of this post to share the fun. (Much appreciated!) || One last thing. Some of my daughters’ friends (high schoolers) follow my blog. So please, no erotica. ||

Okay, that’s it. Let’s hop!

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Eileen Goudge’s new novel, SWIMSUIT BODY released June 7. #BookReview

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I have super great news to share! Swimsuit Body by Eileen Goudge was released to readers on June 7th. Wooo-Hoooo!   For those of you who follow my blog, you know about my friendship with Eileen. I’ve written about our vacations together every … Continue reading

Read an Excerpt: SWIMSUIT BODY by @EileenGoudge

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“Eileen Goudge writes like a house on fire, creating characters you come to love and hate to leave.” —Nora Roberts “Expect to become immersed with the indomitable heroine, Tish Ballard, the cast of colorful secondary characters, and Eileen Goudge’s trademark … Continue reading

Telling Stories With #BookTitles

So . . . yes. I spend a lot of time in bookstores. And sometimes . . . browsing all of those book titles starts to sound like NEW book titles. Or at least, little stories or snippets of conversation.

So I move things around a bit, just for kicks. And then I look at what I’ve created and
I laugh and laugh and laugh. It’s true. I do it all the time.

Because hey, when it comes to bookstores, I’m a party girl.

Don’t worry. I always return the books to their rightful place on the shelves.

But if I owned a bookstore – I’d use book covers to write little stories to my customers.

My bookshelves would look like THIS:

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Heaven is paved with Oreos. Side effects may vary.

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“If you were here . . .”
“I was here!”

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Perfectionists — you’re making me HATE you!!!

and then there’s this

Imperfectionists — you’re making me HATE you!!!

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Family life. Tortures of the damned.

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Couponing: The One-Page Financial Plan

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Even when you lie to me like it never happened, I text dead people.

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What the lady wants? You guessed it.

And, yup!

Blood line. The human stain.

(Oh, come on. It’s funny!)

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To return to the FICTION WRITERS BLOG HOP on my website, click here: http://www.julievalerie.com/fiction-writers-blog-hop-may-2016

Fiction Writers Blog Hop – Where Writers Connect with Readers

Fiction Writers Blog Hop
Where fiction writers connect with readers.
Join us. It’s fun!

Fiction Writers Blog Hop

Fiction Writers Blog Hop

ALWAYS THE LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH
HOSTED ON JULIE VALERIE’S BOOK BLOG
WWW.JULIEVALERIE.COM

——————————————————————————————

Are you a writer, reader, book blogger, and/or fan of books and blog hops?Hopping along the Fiction Writers Blog Hop is super easy. Simply click on a square, then enjoy being whisked around the blogosphere reading great articles and meeting interesting book people.

whitebookcover

Link to a book related topic that you’ve written on your website OR if you’re wanting a topic to write about, May’s optional topic is: Book Covers. (Optional topic for the last Wednesday in June? Bookstores.)

Add your link as early as 5pm on Tuesday (EST / New York) in advance of the “official” day of the hop – which is always the last Wednesday of the month.

 Loading InLinkz ...

Want in on the action? Creating a square and linking an article from YOUR website to the Fiction Writers Blog Hop is easy.

TWO STEPS:

  1. Click on the blue, rectangular “Add your link” button to add a link to your website.
  2. Add this sentence to the blog post on your website so hoppers can find their way back to the master link list on this website: Thanks for reading! To return to the FICTION WRITERS BLOG HOP on Julie Valerie’s website, click here: http://www.julievalerie.com/fiction-writers-blog-hop-may-2016

For more specific instructions – read this.

A few quick tips before you add your link:

|| All book lovers welcome. Writers, readers, book bloggers, book groups, industry folks. || Be social. If you add a link to the blog hop, take a moment to visit others and tweet, comment and/or share. || Tip: When leaving comments for others on their websites – if you don’t see a comment box right away – click on their headline/title. That usually opens up the full features of a blog post. || But don’t be spammy. No links to your books on Amazon, please. And please choose a blog post you think others will enjoy reading. Avoid linking to something that could be considered “promotional.” || Mark your calendar. I host this blog hop on the last Wednesday of every month. || Share the fun. If you feel so inclined, hit a few of those social media buttons at the bottom of this post to share the fun. (Much appreciated!) || One last thing. Some of my daughters’ friends (high schoolers) follow my blog. So please, no erotica. ||

Okay, that’s it. Let’s hop!

 

 

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Find that Perfect Word

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Great news! I’m guest posting on The Eternal Scribbler: Tips, tricks, and tutorials for writers with this nifty article about writing: Find that Perfect Word: Contemplating Word Choice A Checklist by Julie Valerie Some highlights: Writing with clarity and careful attention to … Continue reading