Here’s a neat help wanted ad for a bookselling employee. Store manager Claudia Maceo of the Twig Book Shop in San Antonio, Texas sent this notice out in their email newsletter.
Able-bodied, book smart, people-friendly, industrious, technologically savvy, part-time employee willing to work for peanuts and a few perks.
Bookselling is hard! If you are not ringing up sales for customers, you are researching titles and authors for customer requests, dusting shelves, mopping floors, shelving and alphabetizing books, calling customers, sleuthing the whereabouts of elusive books, moving heavy (35-50 lb.) boxes of books, arranging cards and envelopes, and setting up chairs for author events.
Sometimes you even go to offsite sales where you must not only find the location, but you must lug books in to the site, conduct sales involving making change from a cash box, and then repack the remaining books to lug back to the store. Once back, the sales must be reported and books accounted for.
After all that (and more), you end up spending your meager wages on books that you cannot possibly live without and at the fabulous restaurants and other fabulous retail establishments that continue to spring up at Pearl.
If I have not burst your romanticized bubble of a bookseller’s life, please e-mail me your resume…. I will e-mail you back regarding the possibility of an interview.
That ad makes me want to work in a bookstore!
Booksellers Recommend: The Little Book of Do! – Act on Your Passions and Goals for a Life of Success and Purpose by Kel Landis III
Kel Landis has learned why some people struggle to find success, purpose, and fulfillment, while others seem to have it all.
In this book he reveals that it’s not the achievement of goals that makes life rich and fulfilling, but the journey in pursuit of those goals—it’s the doing part that counts.
Kel identifies the impediments to a life of doing and offers a practical methodology for deciding which pursuits should be delayed, which should be dismissed, and which should be pursued as if your life depended on it.
Filled with practical advice, The Little Book of Do can help anyone live a happier, healthier, and more satisfying life.
Bonus for Bookstores:
Linx Books will add a local bookstore link on Buy the Book tab of their website for any store that stocks The Little Book of Do!
Linx will also offer free Do! buttons for your check out register.
We’ll even contact local press about The Little Book of Do! and mention your store as the place to buy the book.
We want to help indies. If you want us to promote your bookstore, email email@example.com.
Here are just a few reasons your customers will want to read The Little Book of Do! and you will want to stock the book:
- Tired of kicking your dreams down the road? Start doing what matters and doing it now!
- If you couldn’t make it through Getting Things Done by David Allen, you’ll find The Little Book of Do! the right size to really start getting things done.
- Both a call to action for your passions and a roadmap on how to attain your goals, The Little Book of Do is a must read for those who wish to live a life of meaning and fulfillment. – Robert Judge
- The book sold 20 copies in 10 days in Hudson Books in Raleigh Durham Airport – all impulse buys.
- Coming in 2015: a national blog tour, many speaking engagements, national publicity, and viral web initiatives – all designed to drive traffic to local bookstores!
“I highly recommend this book to those new to the work force, those still in college pondering their future, those later in life trying to figure out the next step.” — Carroll Borger
The Little Book of Do! – Act on Your Passions and Goals for a Life of Success and Purpose
by Kel Landis III
128 pages, 5.25” x 7.5” hardcover
Retail Price: $18.00
Publication date: September 2014
Publisher: LINX Corp.
Book website: http://www.littlebookofdo.com
A founding partner of Plexus Capital, Kel Landis III has over 30 years of experience in banking, financial services, investment management, and private capital. He has also been CEO of RBC Centura Bank and served as a director of Live Oak Bank, one of the leading lenders to small businesses across the country.
His other experiences run the gamut from being president of the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce to serving as trustee for The Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise, from serving as chair of the Foundation of Renewal of Eastern North Carolina to being treasurer of a local homeless shelter.
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