Over the weekend, Dave Haslett from Ideas4Writers and I met up in Exmouth to record a conversation about How to Win Short Story Competitions. We prepared well in all aspects except our voices. Sore throats after 3 hours- hah.
While down there I visited the lovely city of Exeter. There are two Waterstones in Exeter, both on High Street, about 500 yards apart. The scifi buyer in one said he’d stock Exit. The other branch scifi buyer was away but staff took details. I asked but the two branches don’t coordinate their buying. In fact the staff of one told me she’d not met any of the staff of the other! I’d been in Exeter half an hour and was on first name terms with two Waterstones staff who worked within shouting distance but didn’t know each other. I should start a Waterstones get-to-know-ourselves service!
Apparently, something called The Hub is being introduced for book distribution / ordering for Waterstones – not sure if its good news or not for small press. I’ll see what I can find out in the Trafford Centre Waterstones today.