As someone who just published a novel and is looking to market it, I found this idea especially interesting. Deborah Emin of Sullivan Street Press called it to my attention. Now I share it as I can.
Deborah calls the idea an “Itinerant Book Show.” The basic idea is for book lovers to sell books to their friends, and take a commissioned cut of the sales action. The “bookies” can pick their books and pick communities where they want to sell. It’s a hopeful remedy to mainstream publishing and mainstream marketing, which focus on Walmart masses and leave many niches unsatisfied.
In her own words:
Do you like to travel around your community, talk to people about books and create new connections to the people you meet that will lead to a future you cannot in any way predict? If you answer yes to this set of questions, then perhaps you are meant to be a Bookie.
If you’re interested, you can contact Deborah Emin here.
And of course, I have to stump my novel, 2044. 2044 starts where Orwell’s 1984 left off. The problem isn’t Big Brother and leviathan government. The problem is Big Brother, Inc. and the all-powerful marketplace. If you’re near Washington, DC, I’m doing a book event on January 17 at Busboys and Poets in Shirlington village in Arlington, VA.