We did it! We hit our goal of $4,000 in only 4 days, but we're not stopping there! There are still lots of fantastic books to give away to generous contributors. So check out our ever-growing list of perks, and let's watch the tally keep rising all the way to August 15th.
Calling all Queens book lovers!
Astoria is an amazing neighborhood. We certainly don’t need to tell you that. But one thing it has been missing is a great independent bookstore. The kind of store where you can browse among the shelves for all kinds of interesting titles, bring your kids to story hour, and come hear authors read from their new books. We want to give you that bookstore. And we’re asking for your help to make it happen.
A little background: back in the winter of 2012, I (Lexi Beach) was having a slow day at my book publishing job. I noticed someone on Twitter asking why no one had opened a bookstore in Astoria. This prompted some serious daydreaming, which led to actual research: asking around to find out what, exactly, it would take to open a bookstore, and whether Astoria was the right place to do it. What I learned was that (a) there are NO general bookstores in all of Western Queens and (b) Astorians love books. And so, little by little, I began to take the necessary steps: talking to other bookstore owners, attending bookselling workshops and entrepreneurship classes, writing a business plan.
Now, almost a year and a half later, my idle daydream is about to open up for business. The Astoria Bookshop has secured a lease at 31-29 31st Street, and we’re putting all the pieces together to be able to open our doors in mid-August. We have most of our funding in place, but we need a little extra help from you, our future customers.
What We Need & What You Get
The details: our fundraising goal is $4,000. This is a small percentage of the total start-up funds required. But the more money we can raise, the better the store will be--and the faster we can get the doors open for business. Your donations will go towards purchasing inventory, so every dollar we raise means more graphic novels, more cookbooks, more picture books, more YA fantasy, more letterpress greeting cards, more blank journals...
In return, we’re offering up some awesome perks, most in the form of books. There are art books, memoirs, business books, cookbooks, classic fiction, detective stories, picture books, advance copies of new releases... And an invitation to our VIP pre-opening party!
A note on the book perks: for most of the contribution levels, the perk offered is one random book in a certain category. If you want to choose a specific book from what we have available, you can upgrade your contribution by $5. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know that's what you're doing. We'll then send you a list of titles, and mail you the one you pick. Otherwise, we'll pick a book for you.
Other Ways You Can Help
If contributing to our start-up fund is not an option, we completely understand. We love you anyway, and there are lots of other things you can do to ensure our success:
Share our campaign with other book lovers in your life! They don't even have to be local (unless they want to come to the pre-opening party).
Sign up for our email newsletter, so you’ll be sure to get all the news about our progress.
Once the store is open, come visit, attend an event, and shop for books!
And that’s all there is to it.
(Note: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, the publishers & vendors of the books and other products available as perks. They were donated by my amazing colleagues at many different publishers, and we're supremely grateful to them.)
Team on This Campaign:
bookseller & store owner