Independent booksellers across the country are invited to submit personal essays for a nine-book series of regional paperbacks to be published by Unbridled Books with printing support by McNaughton & Gunn and edited by Carl Lennertz of ExpressEdit.net.
“I am so excited that Unbridled and McNaughton & Gunn see the joy of supporting a vehicle for bookseller authors to be published, as well as supporting a literacy cause.” – Carl Lennertz/ ExpressEdit.net
Ron Rice, editor of My Bookstore, will gather the essays for publication, and Bob Minzesheimer, formerly of USA Today (and now an indie bookseller), will write a foreword for each volume.
The books’ content will mirror the territories of the nine regional associations. One or two titles a year will be published, when a sufficient number of essays is received to produce a complete book. Essays should be about each bookseller’s unique experience in his or her current or home state — life, travels, observations — past or present. After design and production costs are recouped, remaining profits will go to the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation.
“We are thrilled to be the beneficiary of this exciting project. Thank you to everyone involved. This support will allow the Binc Foundation to continue helping booksellers across the nation who experience a personal financial crisis.” Pam French/Binc Foundation
For the series of books, submissions for essays shouldn’t necessarily be about bookstore life specifically, but about personal observations or life experiences a bookseller has had that embody their state and their place in them. A bookseller can write about any state they’ve lived in, not just where they currently reside. Send submissions in soon – everyone is anxious to get book one into your bookstore quickly!
“Greg and I have always admired independent booksellers and we love publishing diverse voices from around the country, so this is a natural for us.” – Fred Ramey/Unbridled Press
If you are a bookseller with a penchant for writing, see how you can submit your essay here.