Dear local author
Thank you for getting in touch about your book. Can we first say congratulations on what you’ve achieved – so many people want to write a book and never even start. That you’ve finished is a great achievement, and you have a lot to be proud of.
We love supporting local authors, but do please read on so we can explain what ‘local author’ means to us.
Wymondham is a market town just south of Norwich. People from lots of villages come into town to do their shopping, too, and we consider them very much part of Wymondham life. If you are part of local life, even if you only have a holiday home here and visit twice a year, we probably know you. We’ll have seen you in the library, at town events, on the market and in the other shops, because you love Wymondham as much as we do.
Similarly, we love spending time with authors. People who love language and writing and books would normally gravitate toward a bookshop, so if you’re local enough to be shopping in Wymondham, we assume you’ll have made yourself at home amongst your fellow book-loving types here in the bookshop. After all, a shared love of books is a wonderful way to open any conversation.
So if we already know you, by all means let’s talk about your book – we’ll be talking anyway.
But if we don’t already know you, then of course we can consider your book as an equal option amongst all the other books that we select for stock on a monthly basis.
What we’d really like, though, is to invite you to become a local. Join our book groups, become a customer, volunteer somewhere, and not only will you be getting to know a great group of people in a town that really enjoys spending time together, you’ll also be building yourself a readership.
We’re only a little shop, run by 40+ people who work together really closely to understand what our customers want to read. And we know that our customers believe in bookshops, enough to sometimes pay more for a book, because they know that they are keeping the bookshop open, keeping the high street alive, and investing in fair trade books – those that pay authors to write, keep publishers creating quality titles, and create shops that pay a living wage to their workers.
We look forward to getting to know you.
With best wishes
Kett’s Books volunteers