My ‘day job’ is working for the biggest chain book store in the UK, which I’ve done for the last 12 or more (count ’em!) years. Reading is that thing I do, when I’m not stitching. One of the perks of the job is that we often get advance copies of new books (although these aren’t available for ALL titles). I go on the local BBC radio once a month to talk about new fiction titles, I review for the company’s quarterly, national magazine, and I produce a bi-monthly local store newsletter, too.
All of these things focus on fiction, but I thought it would be nice come Autumn to do a special edition newsletter, specificaly on craft books, because there are some great books out there, but it’s not something our stores are generally very big on. So I decided to be a bit cheeky, and contacted Search Press, asking if they would be able to supply an advance copy of one of their new titles, for review. Before I knew it, they had contacted our head office & asked if my newsletter could have wider distribution, & head office contacted me to say that was a great idea.
So today I have a long day trip to Brentford, where amongst other things I will be able to discuss the distribution (&, I hope, growth) of the newsletter , which in turn may lead to a nationwide expansion of interesting books available in the craft section of your localbook store! I had no idea my little email would have quite such a domino effect, but it’s all very exciting!
One of the best parts of today for me, tough, is that (despite the early start!) it means I will have literally hours on the train in which I can just create head-space & think. What luxury! Okay, perhaps I will do a little stitching, too, but to be honest, it’s a luxury to have time to do that, too…
I’m very excited about the newsletter, though. It may only be a newsletter, but it’s a way to combine my two loves in my paid work.I really can’t complain about that!