Ever wanted to run a bookshop? Now’s your chance!

I’ve done pretty much every book-related job there is. At school, I volunteered at my local library. At uni, I helped fund my degree by working night shifts on the college library desk. I’ve been paid to write reviews of books. Now, with the publication of GILDED CAGE and the Dark Gifts sequence, I’ve even been paid to write books – yay!

But I’ve never worked in a bookshop.

Surely every booklover has at one time or another dreamed of working in a bookshop? Well, now’s your chance. The wonderful BIG GREEN BOOKSHOP in north London is offering itself up for a day of being run by enthusiasts!


As well as selling, the shop does fantastic community work, like its school rewards scheme that gives 10% of a sale to the school or nursery of a customer’s choice. Now they’re writing a book about life as an indie bookseller and are raising backing in all sorts of ways, including offering up the shop keys for a day.

So a bunch of awesome people will be joining me in a takeover – authors and bloggers, including NYT bestselling author Taran Matharu, author Antonia Honeywell of the fabulous THE SHIP, YA social supremo Jim of YAyeahyeah and vlogger Julianne Benford. There will also be some 2017 debutante authors, including Katie Webber, Kristina Perez … and me!

We’ll have an incredible day of events, while learning all about how the book trade works for those most beloved of creatures: independent booksellers. And we still have a few spots left on the crew for the day.

So if you’d like to join us (date to be decided when we have our final lineup), why not tweet me at @drvictoriajames or email the guys at the shop: enquiries@biggreenbookshop.com  At just £25 for a daylong bookshop party + crash course in bookselling (with sandwiches and a packet of Monster Munch* thrown in at lunchtime), how can you resist?

*maybe Skips or Quavers if you’re weird like that….

If you’re not up for being a bookseller, but want to support the BGB anyway, check out their Unbounders page for other ways to show your love.


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