My Job in 5: Emma Corfield-Walters
1. Describe your role.
This is impossible as running a bookshop requires a huge number of different hats! In the main I work with publisher reps to curate all the books on display, I co-ordinate all of our events including our festival pop ups whilst working in our community to help keep our High Street sustainable.
2. What do you like best about your role?
No day is the same and I never know what’s going to pop up in my inbox or arrive through the door, its creative, idea driven, collaborative and fast paced. I’ve really found my calling and my tribe.
3. Which new projects or titles are you working on at the moment?
I’m working closely with Chris Sands of Totally Locally on the National Fiver Fest which we’re hoping that lots of booksellers will get behind. Also on our IBW offering, we have LOTS of big events, signings and promotions to organise.
4. What skills do you need for your role?
ALL. THE. SKILLS. I’m buyer, sales person, events co-ordinator, book-keeper, community representative, and as we have a café sometimes bottle washer and baker of cakes! Bundles of energy and enthusiasm are a must.
5. What advice would you give to those looking to work in the industry?
If you’re thinking that bookselling is all about reading behind the counter and serving the odd customer, then you’ll be in for a shock! Talk to other booksellers, join the BA (best trade association in the world) and expect to be constantly surprised and enthused by the industry’s creativity.