The shop's been ploughing on, or forging forward, depending on how you see things, and in the last week, these are the things that you may be interested to know.
- we got an electric bill for £496. This is for 90 days....bollocks. Perhaps Tim getting electrocuted a few weeks ago cost more than just an immense amount of pain.
- following our little blog piece about the Booksellers Association, all of a sudden we recieved an email from them, asking us to fill in a customer satisfaction survey. I did.
- I'm finding it very frustrating trying to get replies from certain publicity departments about events we want to put on this year. (If you do happen to work in a publicity department, and think one of your wonderful authors would like to tread the Big Green Bookshop boards, then 020 8881 6767. We did around 80 events last year, and we want to continue this madness). I've emailed some of you 3 times now...
- However in a few cases, we decided to cut out the middle man (or woman) and email the author directly. This has worked a lot better in the short term.....interesting
- At this quieter (compared to xmas) time, we've offered schools some extra discount for one -off stock picks of books we already have in store. This is proving very popular, and we've had to reorder pretty much all of our primary fiction section twice in the last week.
- I went to a meeting with the Council today to talk about the wonderful Wood Green International Film Festival, and how the Big Green Bookshop could get more involved. It looks like we're going to be sponsoring an award now, and also we're going to be a fringe venue, and show 3 films (of our choice) to help highlight the festival. These films can be anything at all. AND HERE'S WHERE YOU MAY BE ABLE TO HELP....
We'd like some suggestions for films to show in the shop. Anything at all, within reason. The films will probably start around 7.30pm, so nothing too long, and nothing too saucy. Debbie Does Dallas, whilst a masterpiece of it's genre, would probably not 'go down' too well with the locals.
That's all for now....
Simon and his amazing man-mask.
p.s. we were in the Observer/Guardian this weekend. Classy or what?
Tim's having his varicose vein looked at tomorrow