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Beyond the era of the sales rep force

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

I was reading a very interesting article in The Bookseller here today, about the ‘death’ of the publishing sales rep, the general gist of which elaborated on the scaling down of large on-the-road rep bodies as more and more buying decisions become centralised or via one-stop wholesalers. As some of you out there may know, […]

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Rachel Caine and the Morganville Vampires in Lancaster

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Friday 22nd May, 3.30pm     LANCASTER Rachel Caine, bestselling author of the Morgaville Vampire series will be giving a talk, taking questions and signing copies of her books at Waterstone’s, 4-6 Corn Market, Marketgate Shopping Centre, Lancaster, LA1 1AL. For more information call the bookshop on 01524 842561

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Rachel Caine book signing in Camden, London

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

SATURDAY 23rd MAY, 3.30pm   CAMDEN, LONDON Rachel Caine, author of the bestselling Morgaville Vampire series will be signing copies of her books at Waterstone’s,128 Camden High Street, NW1 7JR. For more information call 020 7284 4948

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Rachel Caine book signing at Bluewater

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

SATURDAY 23rd MAY, 11am  BLUEWATER SHOPPING CENTRE, KENT Rachel Caine, autuhor of the bestselling Morganville Vampire series (and Weather Warden series) will be signing copies of her books at Waterstone’s in the Bluewater Shopping Centre, Greenhithe, Kent. For more information call 01322 624 831.

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Rachel Caine and the Morganville Vampires in Stockport

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

THURSDAY 21st MAY, 6.30pm  STOCKPORT Rachel Caine, author of the bestselling Morganville Vampire series will be talking about, taking questions and signing copies of her books at Borders, Peel Retail Park, Great Portwood Street, Stockport, SK1 2HH. For more information call 0161 476 3392

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Rachel Caine and Morganville Vampires in Boston

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

TUESDAY 19th MAY, 5pm     BOSTON Rachel Caine, author of the bestselling Morgaville Vampire series will be giving a talk, answering questions and signing copies of her books at Waterstone’s, 18 Pescod Square, Wide Bargate, Boston. For more information call 01205 360002

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Get your very own A&B bag!

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

They might not rival Gucci or Prada, but our A&B branded bags proved such a hit with London Book Fair goers that we’re now offering anyone the chance to get one (while stocks last). I actually got a rather unexpected call at the office one Book Fair morning from a random guy who said he’d […]

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Do we really want to be available 24-7?

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Someone asked me at last week’s London Book Fair why didn’t I have a Blackberry so I could spend all my waking hours hunched over it, fingers feverishly tapping… and I thought to myself, how blissful it is that I don’t have one and so can’t be found 110% of the time!   And then someone […]

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Daniel Blythe at the Lincoln Book Festival

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Saturday 16 May, 4.30 – 6.00pm  LINCOLN Daniel Blythe, author of the novel This is the Day and the perennial favourite I Hate Christmas, will be giving a talk and reading, answering questions from the audience and signing copies of his books at Lincoln Drill Hall, as part of the Lincoln Book Festival. For more […]

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Time to get Twittering…

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Yesterday, back in the office routine after the Book Fair mayhem, I was hit by a notable contrast. At the fair you have three days where the hordes who work in publishing collide under one roof – and there’s a real physical and audible connection there. You see people having face-to-face meetings, physically bumping into […]

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Last bid for a free iPhone….

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Phew, a mere three days at Earls Court, having largely lovely conversations and dashing off to the odd seminar, how exhausting the whole thing was. And as suspected it was often the people I didn’t expect to see who gave me the most pleasure by stopping by. So a quick, virtual wave to the following: […]

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Tania Crosse at the Tavistock Music and Arts Festival

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Today, Tania Crosse will be signing copies of her books, including her latest novel Lily’s Journey, at Book Stop in Tavistock today as part of the town’s Music and Arts Festival.

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Beryl Kingston speaking at Kings College London

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Saturday 13th June, 2.15pm – 3.30pm KING’S COLLEGE, LONDON As part of the the Alumni Literary Festival, author Beryl Kingston (Gates of Paradise, Octavia and Octavia’s War) will be on a panel with Lawrence Norfolk, Marina Lewycka (famed author of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian) and Ross Raisin. They will be talking about […]

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Victoria Connelly and Judy Astley at Waterstone’s, Notting Hill

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Thursday 16 July, 7pm  NOTTING HILL GATE, LONDON Before you head off on your summer holidays, come to Waterstone’ at Notting Hill Gate for a summer fiction soiree and meet Victoria Connelly and Judy Astley who will be talking about and signing copies of their latest books. They are just the sort of reads to […]

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Book fair mania

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Monday is always a bit manic, everyone rushing around trying to get the bearings, rush to meetings and gawp at the impressive HarperCollins and Little Brown stands. Amazingly there’s still a shaking of heads and muttering about ‘that awful Excel fiasco’ when the fair was moved to east London for one year’s fair. You’d have […]

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Off for an afternoon at the London Book Fair

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Rushing off to the London Book Fair in fifteen minutes. Attending a seminar at 2pm entitled Online Publicity: Making the most of the Digital Media which sounds very much up my street. Bound to be very interesting…although no doubt will see me writing down a plethora of new webspeak words to look up a later. […]

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My Favourite Books? Fallen, by Tim Lebbon…

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Before I head off for the weekend (and into the rain which has just started pouring down outside my office window) I must flag up the fact that Tim Lebbon‘s newly released paperback Fallen (the latest in his dark fantasy series set in Noreela) has just now got the most wonderful review from blogger Liz […]

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Alex Wheatle speaking at Grear Barr Library

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Friday 22nd May 7.30pm  BIRMINGHAM Alex Wheatle, author of the cult classic Brixton Rock and Island Songs, will be giving a talk about his work at Great Barr Library, Birmingham Road in Birmingham. For more information contact Lisa Bunn at the library on 0121 357 1340

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Alex Wheatle at Stourbridge Library

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Friday 22nd May,  2.30pm DUDLEY Alex Wheatle, author of the cult classic Brixton Rock and Island Songs, will be giving a talk about his work at Stourbidge Library, Crown Centre, Stourbridge in Dudley. For more information contact Jill Bright at the library on 01384 814746.

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Time for the London Book Fair

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

It’s nearly that time of year again, the time when people in the book industry descend like moths to a flame on huge halls in West London for The London Book Fair. Earls Court is a funny old place, or so it seems to me, having seen it under other auspices ranging, but not limited […]

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