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Book Selling at Genre Conventions

June 27, 2013
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“Fandom” is a term that certain science fiction fans use to describe themselves, and conventions are where fandom congregates to indulge their mutual interest in the genre and meet some of the authors and artists (the “pros”) who make it happen. While the majority of genre conventions are science fiction (SF) and fantasy themed, there are even more specialized cons including media (e.g. Star Trek or Star Wars), anime, manga, gaming and comics. In the broader genre context, there are also horror and mystery conventions. The first SF convention was held in 1936 in the United States (New York City),…

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How to Get a Trade Discount, in Six Easy Lessons

February 26, 2013
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For those of you who would like to request a dealer discount from a fellow bookseller who you’ve never bought from before, and who is a complete stranger to you.

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How to Buy Books Online

August 9, 2012
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The aim of this article is to offer you, the buyer, some insights from a bookdealer on how to avoid these unpleasant experiences and to make buying a book online feel more like shopping in your favorite book store.

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So You Want to Be a Bookseller: Ten Questions…Some Answers

August 9, 2012
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We’re living the dream. Three-hour working days surrounded by our beloved books, more money than we can shake a stick at - I can’t help but feel sorry for all those non-booksellers out there. Oh wait, it’s not always like that though is it?

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Turnover: An Introduction for Booksellers

September 9, 2011
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Despite its utility, in my experience far too few book dealers understand the idea or importance of turnover for their business. Indeed, as I hope to demonstrate, there are few numbers you can know about your business that are as immediately useful and practical as your turnover.

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BEST OF: Overlooked and Undervalued, The Bookseller’s Inventory Database

June 1, 2011
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Most booksellers when evaluating their business assets will consider the cost and potential market value of their inventory, the cost of computer equipment, and maybe even the replacement cost of their reference library, but it seems that the value of their book-selling database is often overlooked.

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BEST OF: “What’s this Book Worth?”

June 1, 2011
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"Is it a first?" "What are the points of...?" "I can't find a price guide for...?" "No copy on the net, and need to know the value of...?" Such are the daily, ubiquitous questions found on the various bookish listservs to which many booksellers & collectors subscribe.

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BEST OF: Appraising for Booksellers

June 1, 2011
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The type of appraisal this article addresses requires a written report with a lot of research backing it up. This type of appraisal usually gets scrutinized by the IRS or an insurance company.

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BEST OF: How, when and why to write a press release and what to expect if you do

June 1, 2011
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A press release has a standard format and should be as brief and to the point as possible. Think of how long it takes you to decide whether to read an e-mail or not. That's about how long an editor will give your press release before deciding what to do with it.

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