This issue is dedicated to answering some of the questions I receive. As much as we can plan ahead for articles, your needs always come first because helping our readers is the fundamental purpose of Bookologist. This week the question arose about how to start a book business, and this tied in with a suggestion by Ina that I introduce you to our new bookshop.
Frankly, I'd been reluctant to tout the shop because I wanted to avoid the appearance of patting myself on the back. My background is Irish Catholic and, yes, the nuns instilled me with a sense of guilt and a healthy fear of the 7 Deadly Sins. I didn't want my pride in our new surroundings to come off as self-promotion. I hope I haven't, and I am glad that each of you has the opportunity to see the place where Bookologist is written every other week.
I truly hope you feel that you can stop by anytime you're in the area, and if you can't, feel free to write. We'll be having a Grand Opening to open the Christmas Season and you'll all get an invitation to attend. It is a sincere invitation and I will be very happy to meet any and all who show up.
As I was pondering the difference between introduction and pride, the response by booksellers to the tragedy of another came to my attention. Hearing about what can happen to any of us in the blink of an eye is sobering. I congratulate David and Denise Carlson and the entire Mid Atlantic Chapter of the ABAA for coming to Doug Westerberg's side after his shop was severely damaged by fire. That kind of camaraderie is important in business, after all, we're all in the same boat. I hope this serves as a guidepost for all of us to use sites like Bookologist to develop strong professional and personal ties that will make doing business in the future easier and more fruitful.