H E L L O
My name is Scott Linder, and I am a book person.
Since 1993, in fact, I have worked in books, as a bookseller, book buyer, manager, and events coordinator. I have also worked for publishers, and even at a library. Project-based and event-specific opportunities have come my way, too, such as freelance writing and book tradeshow assistance.
New to London, I am looking for a position that will tap into the breadth and depth of my book-world experience, a role both edifying and fun as I settle into my new home.
Among other things, I am:
—-A creative and first-rate worker
—-An ingenious book promoter
—-An autonomous manager of projects and staffs
—-An affable collaborator with clients and colleagues
—-An imaginative and outcome-oriented thinker
W R I T I N G
At publishers, I have used my way with words to drum up interest in forthcoming books and events. At Tundra Books, Canada’s oldest children’s publisher, I wrote publicity materials ranging from pitch letters to sell-sheets to content for the web. Given my closeness to the book world, Lincoln Center Institute in New York asked me to create the publicity plan for Imagination First, co-published with Jossey-Bass.
At bookstores, for events, I have written press releases, ad copy, and countless introductions, delivered at times before audiences topping 500 people, and even on TV. In addition, I have penned catalog copy and book synopses, several of which were used by Book Sense, the American Booksellers Association’s platform from which indie bookstores could promote new books collectively.
As a writer, I am versatile and good at seemingly opposite things. For example:
—-I create taut finished products, but value the creative process (which can be messy)
—-I produce high-quality content, while aware of form and design
—-I write with attention to clarity and music – and also communicate well in person
I blog about books and writers, too, as well as contribute regularly to Uppercase magazine, for which I write about books, art, and design.
B U Y I N G
As a book buyer for two indie bookstore chains in the States, I shaped inventories to reflect the communities and customers I served, while also putting a personal stamp on my stores’ selections. My buying experience runs the gamut from frontlist to backlist to stock replenishment, all within time constraints and budgets. At urban and suburban stores, I created inviting and successful sections filled with a delightful mix of familiar classics and new books and products.
Whether on the sales floor or from afar, I relish in pairing books with readers. With my strong bookselling roots, I think of each transaction as a personal recommendation – a handsell. At all of my stores, this connection, coupled with thoughtful buying and merchandising, led to brisk and robust sales. At Lambda Rising Bookstore, for example, my handselling and merchandising initiatives resulted in a ten-percent increase in sales over the previous year.
E V E N T S
Since my early days in books, I have been involved in every aspect of events management, from booking to planning to execution, for events both large and small.
In Atlanta, I founded, curated, and hosted a poetry reading series called “Third Thursdays,” which brought together published poets and burgeoning writers. In Toronto, I designed an events series for Type Books called “Small is the New Big.” And, in New York, I created a series for a French-American restaurant that sought to connect the allures of food and books.
For children, my experience ranges from story times to activity-centered events for occasions such as Earth Day. For that event, in particular, I transformed a bookstore into a rainforest, with tropical birds to boot!
N E X T
New to London, I am looking for that next great thing. Daily, I am learning more about British publishing, books, and writers. Needless to say, I am having fun. Additionally, in the fall, I had the pleasure of volunteering at The Bookseller’s FutureBook 2013 Conference, an informative experience to be sure.
Now I would like to bring my skills – and passion for books – to a position in London. Please be in touch if you hear of a role that would suit a book person like me.
bookshelftherapy [at] gmail.com
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