Monday, August 17, 2009

*Ask a bookseller*

I have this fun project in mind. But first I must put my bookseller's cap on.
At work, a superb independent bookstore in Waterloo Ontario, a place where I go to browse even on my day off, I am asked a bevy of different questions relating to books, publishing, book recommendations, etc. I answer questions all day. And I love finding out the answers!
I would like to take this dynamic to the blog. Now, granted, people who read blogs have access to the internet and so have access to hunting down their own answers. But, has anyone NOT had the experience of asking a book recommendation of a bookseller or a librarian? I still do it! And surely there might be some other things I can find out for you. Let me do the research.
The other week I was asked how a new blogger can get a hold of galley books, or advanced reading copies. I had my own thoughts about this and I also re-directed this question to The Story Siren's fantastic response. It was fun looking up resources and articles and answers.

I will re-craft and post my answer to this question, at least, for next Monday, to kick off *Ask a Bookseller*, and see how it goes from there!

And here's where you guys come in. Ask me something! And I will craft a blog entry answering your questions for next Monday. But I will also sweeten the pot each week with free books! Exact number to be determined, but at least 5 people will receive a free book in their mailbox. One of those books will be Liar by Justine Larbalestier, pre-controversy cover.

So e-mail me (address is top right) or leave a comment here and I will do my very best to find a great way to answer it! You can also ask anonymously, I won`t be publishing names, and still win swag!



Tales of Whimsy said...

What a great idea.
But I can't think of anything to ask.

Becca Fitzpatrick said...

How do you decide which books to rec to people? The other day, I was in the teen section of the bookstore, and I overheard a mom/teen daughter duo trying to figure out which book to buy. The daughter wanted a "funny" book. I walked over and suggested Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway, but in the end, they didn't buy it and I felt like I'd let them down. So, yeah. How do you do your best to match a book with a reader?

Thanks, Mandy! I love this idea!


Mandy said...

Juju: I was thinking of that after I posted this entry--what could people have questions about?
I am hoping that as it gets rolling, each week will reveal something new. Thanks for leaving a comment. It was actually very helpful.

Becca: Great question. I will absolutely work on a full indepth answer for next Monday (I hope you don't mind the wait). It IS difficult to match a book with a reader but I have my ways. :)


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