Friday, March 18, 2016

Bookseller Emily Hall offers tips 4/2 on how to get your books in stores

For many writers, nothing compares to seeing their book on the shelves of local bookstores, but getting it there isn’t always easy. Bookseller Emily Hall of Main Street Books will offer some guidance in her April 2 talk on “Wherever Books are Sold: A Guide to Forming a Lasting Partnership with Independent Bookstores.”

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, April 2, at Kirkwood Community Center, 111 S. Geyer Rd, Kirkwood, Mo. Free to St. Louis Writers Guild members, $5 for nonmembers.

Emily will discuss:
  • ·      how bookstores select books to stock,
  • ·      what research independently published authors should do before they visit any bookstore,
  • ·      how to approach the owner/manager of the store in a respectful and conscientious way,
  • ·      how to promote your book once it makes it into said bookstores, and
  • ·      how to schedule and promote a signing with an independent bookstore.

The Halls--Emily, Ellen and Andy--took over Main Street Books at 307 S. Main, St. Charles, in February 2014, with Emily stepping into the role of co-owner and proprietress. She is a graduate of Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Before she became a bookseller, Emily worked with and trained birds of prey at World Bird Sanctuary and was a personal assistant in the insurance industry (though not at the same time).

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