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Bookselling Ireland announce Introduction to Bookselling Course

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Article by ERMurray © 12 August 2019.
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Bookselling Ireland have announced the first Introduction to Bookselling course, where potential new booksellers can find out more about day-to-day bookshop life, as well as the practicalities of how to create a strong business, understanding bookshop finances, and how to gain customer loyalty.

Led by a group of award winning booksellers, Patrick Neale from UK based Jaffé & Neale Bookshop and Café, along with guest speakers Janet Hawkins from The Blessington Bookstore and Dawn Behan from Woodbine Books, the course has been designed to provide a thorough grounding in every aspect of bookselling so that prospective bookshop owners can operate efficiently and profitably from the very beginning.

The course will look in detail at the essential elements that go to make a profitable retail business – the all-important profit & loss and stock control. Having grasped the business fundamentals, attention is turned to the product itself – exploring the key areas within the booktrade. Attendees will also look at resources available to booksellers, and look at the events which make up a professional bookseller’s life.

Running a bookshop with passion and making sure customers come back time and again is vital to the success of running a bookshop. Participants will find out how to make their shop a part of the community and a unique and desirable destination.

Introduction to Bookselling is a must for anyone considering purchasing a bookshop, those who have recently set up in business, or to introduce a new member of staff to the practicalities of bookselling. Above all, the course is an opportunity to network with others new to the trade and to benefit from the experience of highly successful booksellers.


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Elizabeth Rose Murray lives in West Cork where she writes, fishes, and grows her own vegetables. Her first book for young adults Caramel Hearts (Alma Books) was published June 2016. Her debut novel for children aged 10-12, The Book of Learning - Nine Lives Trilogy 1 (Mercier Press) was chosen as the 2016 Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Citywide Read for Children and the follow-up The Book of Shadows - Nine Lives Trilogy 2 was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards. The final installment The Book of Revenge will be published in February 2018.

Elizabeth has poetry and short fiction published in journals across the UK and Ireland - including Ogham Stone, Southword, South Circular, Esc and 3am - and has been shortlisted in various competitions including TV3AM Short Story, Francis MacManus, and Aesthetica Creative Works. She has also performed in Ciudades Paralelas: Station - a live writing installation.

Hoping to encourage new writers, Elizabeth provides manuscript reports and online writing courses through Inkwell Writers and Big Smoke Writing Factory. She is a regular at literary festivals, and offers adult workshops on writing for children and young adults, as well as multiple events and workshops for children and teens.

You can connect with Elizabeth on Twitter @ERMurray, Facebook www.facebook.com/ERMurray.Author or her blog www.ermurray.com