One of the best things about working in publishing is the fact we’re paid to talk to people about books. A lot. And yesterday Cait and I popped up to Altrincham to talk to a group of booksellers about our list.
We were invited up by The Lovely Steven, the Waterstones CRSM (Kids Specialist) for the area and we got to talk to some fantastic (and passionate) booksellers not only about us, but also about what’s working at the moment, what they think is missing and how we can help them.
And we got to do a bit of shopping in the branch which is always good. Look at the lovely children’s section in Waterstones Altrincham – including fish!
So what did we learn? That customers are very savvy about jackets and they’re getting bored that everything looks the same. That there are a lot of Mums asking about books for boys and that there’s a gap for teen titles for them.
If anyone ever wants a natter about books, just give us a shout. We’re available for weddings, birthdays and reading groups.
P.S. 22 days to go!