Tamsin Rosewell and SF Said have been working behind the scenes for a while now organising ‘Pass the Bookplate’.
With a lot of UK bookshops planning a partial open for the 15th of June this was planned as a way to support and get some more sales, at least during that first month.
SF Said has a post on his blog which I’ll quote part of:
So we’ve made a simple, low-cost plan that can happen fast! Tamsin Rosewell from Kenilworth Books has used their bookshop network to ask high profile authors to sign bundles of bookplates for independent bookshops. The last thing bookshops need right now is to have to take a risk on buying signed stock. If we can instead send them signed bookplates, bookshops can order what they need, when they need it, and sell these bookplated books in a steady stream.
If you’re a bookseller and you’d like to join in, let @IndieBookshopUK know – Stephen Baird has been helping us plan the simplest way to manage this. We’ll be dividing up the bookplates as fairly as possible and posting them out as they come in. Tamsin has envelopes and a whole load of large letter stamps to hand!
We’d love the help of other high profile authors who can help indies generate sales – so please contact us if you’d like to join in. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your publisher and ask for bookplates! Authors have used postcards and bookmarks too, so if you have anything like that to hand that can be signed, we’d love to use it! Publishers, if you’d also like to offer your support, please also email Tamsin.
And it’s as simple as that, if you’re a bookshop that would like to be involved please let me know and I’ll add you to the list, if you’re an author who would like to get involved please let Tamsin know.
Best of luck to next week for everyone involved!