Chapter 90 2008 Priorities for Book Hunter’s Holiday

Hello. Tom and Huck have gone back to school, the Christmas decorations have been packed away, and a closet or two has been cleaned out. Now that I can get back to work on the books, it’s time to set some basic goals for 2008. In no particular order, here they are:

1) Exhibit at at least three book fairs (San Francisco in February, Grass Valley in May, and Sacramento in September).

2) Get a real accounting system in place to keep better track of my records and to make tax reporting easier. Farewell, ledger book and pencil (well, maybe).

3) Learn a few technological tricks to improve the look of both my blog and my website. It’s hard to get specific on this one, as I know what I want, but don’t know the terminology or method for how to achieve it.

4) Catalogue more books. I have more books uncatalogued than catalogued. I’m starting with a goal of cataloguing a measly five per week (a big improvement over my more recent zero per week), but expecting to be able to develop enough of a routine to do ten per week. Stop laughing, you fast-typing, research-happy, terminology-happy book describers who list at least ten books per day! 😉 We’ve all got to start somewhere, and this is where I start. If I make it unmanageable, I’ll never do it. Starting with just five books — that’s one per day — seems doable to me.

5) Increase sales from 2007. Get more books into the right hands!

6) Put out the word that I both sell and buy books. A steady stream of new inventory seems to be crucial.

7) Cull out the overcrowded shelves and sell or donate a few books that really don’t fit what I’m trying to do with my business.

8) List somewhere on the internet besides my own website — the Bibliophile List, the Rare Book List, ABE, TomFolio, Americana Exchange, etc.

9) Continue my bookseller’s education. Attend either or both the University of Virginia Rare Book School and the UCLA California Rare Book School.

10) Finish that Dante catalogue! (Really!)

11) Come up with a daily (or few days a week, since I also have to manage a family and household) work routine in an attempt to use my time more efficiently.

12) Keep in touch with the booksellers I already know, and also meet some new booksellers.

That’s all I can think of for now. I also need to make a list of priorities for the month of January. That’s to come tomorrow. After that, I intend to work on a daily routine. Sorry to fill up these entries with so much detail. I need to write this all down to make sense of it. Thanks for being patient, and if you have any recommendations as to working efficiently from one’s home, just leave a comment.

See you in the stacks!

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