By Cat Eldridge: Here’s a rare opportunity for all of you: help stock the science fiction and fantasy section at Longfellow Books, a locally owned shop here in Portland, Maine. It’s been around for some thirty-five years and is definitely a community asset.
Jack, one of the managers there, asked my advice on doing a revamp of what they stock in that section. Right how it’s a haphazard stock consisting of older books that didn’t sell and newer material based largely on what travelling book reps suggest. There’s roughly one hundred and twenty linear feet of shelf space in his section.
What Jack wants is a mix of classic older titles that would sell well and newer fiction that you think will be profitable too. If you mention a series, please note what back titles in that series need stocking as well. Likewise, for titles not yet out, note when they’re coming out.
He asked for the fifty titles which Longfellow Books should stock, so be generous with your choices. Please publish your selections in comments here. Don’t feel obligated to list fifty titles, just list those you think should be stocked.
Thanks to all of you for assistance!