I live near downtown Brooklyn, where sidewalks are lined to the gills with what can best be described as “random stuff” for sale. On any given stroll one can find an array of sunglasses, fruit, CDs, jewelry, clothing, cell phone cases, skin creams, and, last but not least, books.
New and used. Fiction and nonfiction. Cookbooks, travel books, children’s books, novels, the list goes on and on and on.
Seeing all those card tables buckling under the weight of the reading material perched upon them has recently got me thinking. Wouldn’t it be cool if an author set up a table and sold his or her own books? Granted, doing this would require figuring out the local permit situation–I would hate for one of my blog readers to get arrested! It would also take some thick skin, given how many people rush by street vendors without so much as a glance. But I still think it’s a cool idea. If I saw an author sitting at a table with a stack of his or her own books, and the signage clearly stated the seller’s authorship, I think I would stop and buy one just to applaud the author’s gumption. I often do the same thing with little kids selling lemonade or cookies, as I imagine many of you reading this do as well. You have to give it up for people who take initiative like that, no matter what their age.
If you try my card table idea, I suggest picking up a couple of bookstands at a craft store (or online) to help with the display. It may be a table in the street, but that doesn’t mean it can’t look classy!
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