A writers’ book stand opens at the new Chemainus covered market – Chemainus Valley Courier

A writers’ book stand will be opened in the new covered market building (formerly Chemainus Foods).

The 150 square foot booth will be located at the front of the new premises, adjacent to the Fish & Chip store and across from the Ice Cream Parlor.

Writers are encouraged to present the books they have written for sale. They can also offer second-hand books from their personal collections for sale.

All sales will be subject to a 20 percent commission charged to those who volunteer at the market stall. A 40 percent commission will be charged to those who cannot volunteer.

On “Writer-in-Residence” days, volunteers will be able to promote their own books with special display, including a personal photo and biography if desired.

The premises, furnishings and the point of sale terminal (Interac, VISA, Mastercard) will be provided by Askew Creek Publishing. ACP will record sales and pay each author the proceeds of all sales provided by them, less commissions, on a monthly basis.

The market stall will normally be open seven days a week for at least six hours a day. A volunteer will report to work before 10 a.m., collect the key, cash register, point-of-sale terminal and sales book from market staff. They will open up, greet customers and manage the sales for the day.

In order to properly distribute the credit for each sale, the rights will include recording the information of the sticker affixed to each book sold, identifying to whom it belonged. Help will be available from market staff and / or a resource person on the phone.

The frequency with which volunteers are called to work will depend on the total number available. Initially, it may be more than once a month. Shifts can be arranged for those who prefer to work half a day.

The booth creates a great opportunity for writers to showcase their work.

“It’s amazing the number of writers in this field,” said Tom Masters.

He is one of the prominent local authors and an original member of the Chemainus Writers Group, along with Liz Maxwell Forbes and Bernice Ramsden-Firth.

The opening day is Saturday February 29.

Contact Tom Masters for more information by emailing masters9@telus.net.

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