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Open A Bookshop, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The amazing story of The Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green by Simon Key and Tim West

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The Synopsis

Tim West and Simon Key opened the Big Green Bookshop in March 2008, after the Waterstone’s where they worked in Wood Green closed, leaving the area with no dedicated bookshop. After much joy and much frustration and a huge amount of help and support from the local community the shop opened its doors to fanfares and cheers and a cake or two.

With over 50 years of book selling experience between them they’re trying to run the kind of bookshop that they’d like to visit themselves, a bookshop with a thoughtful range of titles, friendly knowledgeable staff and some cracking gems that surprise and excite its customers.

The book will be about how we set the shop up and, against all odds, how it’s managed to keep going. It’ll be an unreliable diary, in which I’ll use a mixture of posts from our blog and advice on how to run a small business.

There’ll be sections about using social media, building a community, and also advice about growing your business. The book won’t just focus on the successes either and I’ll talk about all the cock-ups we’ve made too.

There’ll be stories of the authors and celebrities who’ve visited the shop and where we can, we’ll ask them to say what they think about the shop themselves.

There’ll be book reviews, each one relating to something that’s happened to the shop.

Our hope is that with your help we can publish the book to mark the 10 year of the anniversary of the shop next year.

The Rewards

All supporters get their name printed in every edition of the book. All levels include immediate access to the author's shed.

$15
Digital
An ebook edition of the book and your name in the back of the book.
📖 Pledge $15 24 pledges
$25
Hardback
A special hardback edition, ebook and your name in the back of the book.
📖 Pledge $25 62 pledges
$45
Collectable
A signed special hardback edition, ebook and your name in the back of the book.
📖 Pledge $45 13 pledges
$65
Review A Book
The chance for a book of your choice to be displayed alongside your review in the bookshop for 2 weeks. Plus a signed special hardback edition, ebook and your name in the back of the book.
📖 Pledge $65 5 pledges
$125
Your Very Own Bookshelf
Choose five books to be displayed alongside your reviews on a shelf in the bookshop for 2 weeks. Plus a signed special hardback edition, ebook and your name in the back of the book.
📖 Pledge $125 3 pledges
$315
A Bookcase!
Choose 25 books to be displayed alongside your reviews in your very own bookcase in the bookshop for 2 weeks. Plus a signed special hardback edition, ebook and your name in the back of the book.
📖 Pledge $315 2 pledges
$625
Run The Bookshop For A Day
Come and run The Big Green Bookshop for a day, with tea, coffee and a packed lunch provided by your lackeys, Simon and Tim. They'll also give you advice on tips on running a small business. Plus a signed special hardback edition, ebook and your name in the back of the book.
$1,250
Re-name the Bookshop
Simon and Tim will rename the bookshop whatever you like for 2 weeks. Plus come and run The Big Green Bookshop for a day, with tea, coffee and a packed lunch provided by your lackeys, Simon and Tim. They'll also give you advice on tips on running a small business. Plus a signed special hardback edition, ebook and your name in the back of the book.