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Celebrating Blogging Bookshops!

Diana Jackson’s first ever book-signing event at Horatio’s Ampthill, which sadly is no more!

We love real bookshops here at Eventispress. In fact all authors should make friends with their local bookshops and be a customer. The mutual support is great karma!

It is also a delight to see bookshops blogging about books, giving us updates of releases, events and news. We like the small independent blogs best; those that give an individual and local flavour.

Here are a few independent bookshop blogs we’ve discovered around the UK:

Portobello Bookshop blog in Edinburgh

Book a Blog in Oswestry

The Mad Hatter Bookshop Blog in Burford

The Riverside Bookshop Blog in London

The large chain bookstore blogs

…also give you a fantastic flavour of trends, best sellers and new releases:

Waterstones Book Blog (who have always been supportive of us at Eventispress)

Foyles Book Blog (who have several of our books on their on line site)

Blackwell’s Bookshop Blog (who have certainly been supportive of us in the past, especially up in Edinburgh and down in Cambridge)

How to support your favourite Bookshop from your own armchair:

Just before lock-down we highlighted online bookshops which gave you the opportunity to send a percentage to your favourite local bookshop. Now a few more sites like this have set up, for those still in the ‘buy everything on line’ mode. Here are the ones we know about:

Hive supports indie bookshops

also Bookshop.org

and IndieBookshop.com

Where are the best bookshops in the UK?

says the Guardian

says Skinny! ~ the best bookshops in Scotland

says Books and Bao

Do you have a favourite bookshop, or are you a bookshop owner who blogs? Do let us know and we’ll mention you too.

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HOW CAN SMALL PRESSES ENJOY BOOKSHOP SUCCESS?

It is important to acknowledge bookshops and give them thanks, because all of our authors now have the same treatment on bookshop websites as they do on Amazon, with author bio, descriptions of books and reviews.

It is harder for small presses like us to be visible in actual bookshops up and down the country, especially following the pandemic shut down, because we are in competition with all the huge publishing companies. This is an area we are working on both by email and by physically visiting and supporting bookshops ourselves.

Let’s look at author Brian Kerr’s books:

Please check out his pages on:

BRIAN KERR’S PAGE ON WATERSTONES

FOYLES

HIVE and WH SMITHS for Skylarks only

Hive is an on line bookshop where you can give a percentage of the sale to support a local indie bookshop of your choice. Ignore the ‘OUT OF STOCK.’ It is the cheapest site on the market to purchase the book and it will take a few days for the order to come through.

Brian’s books have always had orders from bookshops, especially locally in Bedfordshire, with whom we have a good relationship.

Author IAN K PULHAM’S debut novel

Ticket to Eden is on the WATERSTONES

website too.

Author DIANA JACKSON has several books on WATERSTONES including Riduna, Ancasta, Murder Now and Then, her latest mystery Missing Past and Present

and The Healing Paths of Fife, which is also on WH SMITHS.

Diana Jackson’s books have been stocked in bookshops in Bedfordshire, the south of England and on the Channel Islands.

However, all of our books can be ordered from any good bookshop.

We’ll let you know the progress we make in changing attitudes and acknowledging the contribution to publishing small presses like us make.