September 2007 meeting
Report published 24 September 2007
A well-attended meeting first sympathised with Sarah Broadhurst when she said she hated public speaking and then listened, fascinated, as she told us of “a career in love with paperbacks”.
All her working life, Sarah has been involved with buying, selling, arranging and reviewing paperbacks (the latter for the Bookseller and the Love Reading website). She passed books and book-covers around the meeting to make the point that a ‘different’ cover will sell a book, but it still has to be accessible otherwise it will bomb.
Sarah thinks any outlet that sells books is good, but some are greedier than others when it comes to wanting money for promotions. She also pointed out that if the 1446 independent bookshops in the UK got together, they could be a powerful force for good in the industry—but of course they won’t because they are independent, and that’s why we love them.