Quercus held a sales conference with a difference yesterday (11th September) by sending out its teams to booksellers around the UK, Ireland, France and Belgium.
The publisher said around 20 teams visited towns and cities including Dublin, Southampton, Fort William and Abergavenny on its “Big Day Out”. In all, the groups held meetings, dinners and drinks with 85 booksellers.
Jon Butler, m.d, explained: “In previous years we’ve tended to invite booksellers to an event in London, presenting highlights of our upcoming list to those within easy reach of the capital.
“This year we decided instead to go off-piste, and head out in twos and threes to every corner of the country - and a little bit beyond - to listen to what booksellers have to say.
Elizabeth Masters with Steve and Caitlin at Waterstones Arndale, and Lucy Hale with Mog and Pauline at Warwick Books
“We still talked up our 2020 list, but this was really about finding out what works, what sells and what concerns booksellers have in today’s retail landscape.”
The company’s highlights for 2020 include Broken Greek by Pete Paphides, Can You Hear Me? by Jake Jones, Highfire by Eoin Colfer, Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann, The Bell in the Lake by Lars Mytting and In Five Years by Rebecca Serle.
Employees have been sharing highlights of their visits online with the hashtag #QuercusBigDayOut.