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My placement at Word Power Books was worth waiting for. In ten days we covered three busy author events, a sales promotion, and all of the admin and stock taking in between. The book launches, readings and sales represent the side of the industry not always thought about in publishing, as it is certainly more of a bookseller’s promotional tool. However, some editors and representatives of the publishing industry joined the family showing up to reserve seats and friends travelling from across the country to support the author.
As to be expected, there were readings from the books, question and answer sessions and plenty of wine flowing, followed by sales of the book. The first of these events was for ‘The Echo Chamber’, the debut novel by Luke Williams, a local author. It had received amazing reviews and sold well. The launch was exciting and informative- there were friends of the owners who offered plenty of advice and were happy to chat about their work in the industry, and the following week saw more guests just as enthusiastic.
Through the ten days I was there, more authors came in offering to do talks over the festival period, and the Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair is hosted by Word Power in October, so there will be lots more people to see and books to hear about. These events are hosted regularly at Word Power Books, so get on their mailing list, check their website and show up. They’ll be happy to have you and you can chat to authors, editors and designers, as well as take some time to browse around the shop and find something new to read.