Friday 24 May 2013

Guest Blog: The Bookstop Café, Steep Hill, Lincoln

To paraphrase President Obama, if you can’t get in through the front door, go round the back. If you can’t get in through the back - climb over the wall. This ideal has driven the New Romantics 4 forward in their quest to become published authors. And as a result, their novels became available on Amazon as kindle download and paperbacks last autumn.

They took this ideal a step further on Saturday 4th May when June and Lizzie drove over to Lincoln for the grand opening of Joff Gainey and Becky Lindley’s Bookstop Café, 47b Steep Hill, Lincoln. An indie author himself, Joff has opened the BookStop Café to provide an environment where book lovers can browse the wonderful selection of books written by indie authors and rest awhile, drink coffee and eat home made cake.  Hopefully they will feel moved to purchase one of the excellent indie novels on display after reading the ‘shop copy’ as a taster.

The grand opening ceremony took place amidst loud cheers and applause, while inside the café a jazz band added to the carnival atmosphere. For the first three hours of the café’s opening, tea, coffee and cake were complimentary and the customers poured in.
Whilst writers rubbed shoulders with potential readers, Lizzie and June were happy to stand back and admire copies of Tall, Dark and Kilted, An Englishwoman’s Guide to the Cowboy, The Hollow Heart and Last Bite of the Cherry displayed on the back lit bookshelves next to Joff’s novel Sleeping on a Cloud.

To paraphrase Obama again - the front door was barred, we knocked loudly on the back door but nobody answered - so we’ve climbed over the wall and into Joff and Becky’s Bookstop Cafe. Indie authors and proud of it, the New Romantics 4 will be adding new titles to the bookshelves in autumn 2013.


Lindsay Townsend said...

This sounds to be a wonderful idea - tea, coffee, hot choc and some super reads!

Wishing the Book Shop Cafe much success - and the writers who appear there.

Jenny Twist said...

What a great idea! I wish you every success!
Jenny Twist

Lizzie Lamb said...

It's a great idea and the shop is wonderful in real life. Everytime should have one!!

Unknown said...

The BookStop Café has everything. Great coffee, yummy cakes and terrific books. I agree with Lizzie. Every town should have one. x

Elizabeth Ducie said...

Great post Lizzie; good luck with the book sales. Love the concept of BookStop Cafe. Must definitely drive east one of these days to visit.

Rebecca Emin said...

Great blog post, Lizzie. I'm looking forward to visiting the BookStop Cafe

Savanna Kougar said...

Wonderful idea. Wishing you every success.

Barbara Elsborg said...

Sounds great!! What a lovely idea.