Sunday, 9 February 2014

A Very Literary Pop-Up!

Daisy White
Daisy White
Today I have the privilege of welcoming Daisy White to my blog...

Daisy White is a literary entrepreneur/ writer. she lives on the South Coast, near Brighton, and she loves 1920's hats!

She is the owner of Daisy White's Booktique. Read on to find out more...

Daisy White’s Booktique started life as a market stall with just six brave authors showcasing their books to the public (in the rain!) and has now grown to over 100 authors and publishers. 

Original authors included Vanessa Wester, Charlie Plunkett and Mick Oakey, who were quick to spot a marketing opportunity and have supported the venture all the way. Hogs Back Books, the Guildford based publisher has supplied childrens books of the highest quality since day one, and are one of our bestsellers.

Keith Mapp in Horsham
The idea was to provide an affordable High Street showcase for independent authors and publishers, who otherwise struggle with the high rental rates, the sheer flood of books currently on the market, and high commission payments. Hence the £1 a book commission – something even self-publishers can afford. 

This has led to some truly amazing books finding their way to the shelves. We also now have several traditionally published authors, who, as rights revert back to them, are self-publishing alongside the traditional route. Most notably we were joined in November by Sunday Times Bestseller, Andrew Crofts, who has seen over eighty of his books published and now has his ‘indie’ book ‘Secrets of the Italian Gardener’ firmly established on the Amazon bestseller list.

Art & Books, Cranleigh
Daisy White’s Booktique has attracted some excellent press coverage, from local papers, to National magazines, to a slot on the BBC Regional News! This has been down to sheer hard slog, and fitting things in around children and a full time job, not to mention the constant stream of brilliant ideas we all share.

I continue to be amazed at the stamina and effort that ‘indies’ put into not only their writing, but also their promotion, and am thrilled to be welcoming our latest writer Sarah Ann Horne whilst congratulating Vanessa Wester on her recent Amazon bestseller slot! (I got to no. 60 on the overall Amazon FREE list for eBooks with HYBRID - Thrilling! It is still FREE to download...)

Additions to the Booktique have included a Gallery, and some luxury items from local producers, and these are proving very popular.

We are currently at Cranleigh Arts Centre for Feb 2014, after a tour of the South-east including West Sussex, Kent, and Surrey and for the Summer the bookings diary is filling up!

Creative Writing, Camberley

I attended one of the first events held by the Pop-Up Bookshop in Ardingly - read about it HERE - after being invited by Daisy via The Word Cloud to sell my books at her "shop" when she first got the idea.

Hope you have a great week,

Vanessa :) xx

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