- All the bookish days throughout the year, like Independent Bookstore Day next Saturday. There will be books shenanigans, I promise you!
- Discovering a new (to me) author. It is a feeling that really can't be matched.
- Barbershop Books- this is an organization with the goal of creating spaces for boys to read in barbershops, and they are doing great things.
- Small press publishers. Some of the best books I have read recently came from small presses. I love the big publishing houses, but it is the small presses who are taking chances on unknown authors that may not turn out to be blockbuster best sellers or make Oprah's reading list, but that will reach out and grab you all the same.
I also wanted to give you an idea of what a productive day for me is like. After dropping the chicks off at school, I come home to eat a good sized breakfast and jump into work. Sometimes it is fun work, like finishing an ARC so I can review it. Most of the time, it is spending several hours adding new releases to the website (that will be my Monday activity) or manually cataloguing used books to enter on Biblio. I also manage the website, which means next week I will be trying to sort out an issue with payment processing that still has not been resolved, as well as making sure everything is up to date with anticipated books (I'm behind on those) and book reviews. Then there is the finance part (dun dun dun). As a small business owner, I have to stay on top of all my expenses (of which there are many) and any income (not quite as much, sadly) and keep track of where the Bookshop stands fiscally. Right now, not so steady, but I hope that will change. The rest of my day (what is left of it, if any) is spent planning promotions and sales, brainstorming for new ideas, looking through the next month's releases, and some time each month is devoted to long term planning. If I could hire a few flying monkeys, I would at this point. Being a small business owner can be exhausting, and even my days off from one job are filled to the brim with work for the Bookshop. It is all worth it, and I look forward to the day when this pays off, and I get up in the morning to unlock the front door of my storefront and greet my customers with a (slightly groggy) smile :)
Until then, I will continue dropping pennies in this well of hard work, and wait for the day it overflows.