So this Saturday 4th October, it's The Southend Book and Arts Fair at The Forum, the new state-of-the-art library in Southend. Arcane Publishing will be there with designer and artist (also Arcane's very own designer and typesetter!) Matt ArtPix who will also have a table to show off his colourful designs!
The fair is part of The Forum's 1st anniversary celebrations, so we hope that a lot of people will attend.
Of course, we will be adapting our stock for the day for the event, and here's a sneak preview of what we will have on our stall for you:
We will have copies of Carya Gish's first novel, I Am a Muse.
Please go to the PRESS PAGE to read reviews and see if you're tempted! We will sell the books at our special event price of £6 (instead of £7.99).
We will be promoting our next book, out very soon, The Book of Thoth. We will have a few print outs with an extract and a few of the prelims: cast of characters, map of the estate, etc. to show what the content of the book will look like. We are very proud of Matt ArtPix's design and typesetting work for the book!
We will also have 15 of the 21-volume series "The Enchanted World", published in 1985 by Time-Life. These are absolutely gorgeous books which I would keep if I had room for them! We will sell them at a discounted price at the fair!
Below is the 1985 advert for the books with the one and only Vincent Price!
Also, we will bring a nice little selection of books for children and young people which we will be selling at very reasonable prices! We strongly believe that children should be encouraged to read - and fall in love with reading! - as early as possible, and our stock is very varied and attractive!
And of course, a selection of our fabulous fashion, cinema and entertainment stock!
We have some more events coming up!
1st November: Old Spitalfields Market, London
8th November: Gravesent, Kent
7th December: Alexandra Palace, London
Please check our EVENTS PAGE for more details.
The second proofs of The Book of Thoth have landed on Miss Gish's desk and will be checked in the forthcoming days. Things are looking really good!
We have added a cast of characters and a lovely map of Whitemoor Hall so readers can find their way around the estate. Also, in the story, Dimitri, one of the main characters, spends his time drawing maps of the house; we thought it would be a rather nice touch to add our own map to the book!
Here's the official poster for the next event Arcane Publishing will be attending: The Southend Book and Arts fair at the wonderful Forum, which is Southend award-winning shiny new library and art gallery.
Arcane Publishing will have a stall next to our designer Matt ArtPix, and we will be concentrating on entertainment, young readers, fantasy and sci-fi (more details about our stock will be revealed before the event!)
We will be selling copies of Carya Gish's first novel I Am a Muse at the special event price of £6 (instead of RRP of £7.99) and we will be promoting her next novel, The Book of Thoth, to be published later this autumn (unfortunately, it will be not printed on time for the fair!).
The Arcane Publishing team is looking forward to it!
Miss Gish is now starting work on Book 3, The Right Place, set in Dorset. Read her blog about it HERE!
We have a draft publishing schedule for the book, but lack of funds might mean that this will have to be amended. As it stands, we are aiming for a pub date of November 2017 (!).
This is the optimistic schedule, by the way. Lack of funds might force us to change this on the way.
On our short break over the weekend, we found the perfect display background for the promotion of The Book of Thoth.
Apparently, it does genuinely come from Egypt (i.e probably a tourist market around sharm el-sheikh)!
But we were on the lookout for something that would spice up our stall when we get the printed copies back from the printers, and this looked like the ticket. So it's coming to a stall near you this autumn!
A few posts back, we optimistically stated that The Book of Thoth was on track... Well, it's not anymore... Life's got in the way as it usually does.
Miss Gish is still doing some corrections and slight amendments to the first typeset proofs, and everything will have to be checked before it goes back to Matt ArtPix for the second round of proofs.
Everyone at Arcane Towers deserves a break, and that's just what we are going to do soon...
We were planning on getting everything ready to go to the printers before our fortnight in Dorset, and we can see now that this is not going to happen...
We do not want to rush things, because we want to put out the best book we can with our limited means.
We hope that we will have the hard copies of the book with us by early November, hopefully on time for the So Vintage London market at Old Spitalfields in November and the Alexandra Palace Antiques and collectors fair in December.
We are also thinking about increasing our presence at Old Spitalfields, perhaps with a monthly double stall at So Vintage London from next year and then from this autumn (on time to catch the Xmas shopping crowd!) maybe a weekly single stall on Wednesdays.
We might as well develop our online bookshop from early next year - We will keep you posted...
Arcane Publishing and Matt ArtPix had a great day at So Vintage London at Old Spitalfields market yesterday. The truth is that this is probably our favourite market!
The logistics are incredibly easy (get into car/A13/arrive), you get a buzz the whole day because you are in the middle of that fabulous city that is London.
Our pitch was fantastic, with a lot of space to get creative with our tables and create a colourful and attractive stall. We had changed the layout of the stalls and we had tweaked our stock - and we had a lot of interest, people really looked and browsed and even asked us when we'd be back, which is fantastic.
Unfortunately, we cannot post any pictures of the day as WE HAD FORGOTTEN OUR CAMERA! But trust us, the stalls looked fab.
I now need to stock up on more books about vintage fashion and classic icons - my "Marilyn Monroe in fashion" book lasted less than an hour on the stall!
We hope to be back at Old Spitalfields market on November 1st (we booked some holidays and a local event ages ago for September and October!).
But Matt ArtPix and Arcane Publishing have been discussing the possibility of getting a monthly slot at Old Spitalfields in order to build up an audience/custom from 2015. Watch this space!
Arcane Publishing and Matt ArtPix are delighted to announce that they will be returning to the Alexandra Palace Antiques and collectors fair at the iconic London building on Sunday 7th December 2014! The fair has new organisers, International Antiques & Collectors Fairs Ltd who will be working on improving the event even further.
We had a great time last year at Ally Pally (read Miss Gish's blog about it HERE).
We hope to have our freshly printed copies of The Book of Thoth on sale there!
We got some new stock at the weekend, and we will be taking a few items to the So Vintage London market at Old Spitalfields on 2nd August.
First up is a fantastic "exterior and interior" book, mixing architecture, interior design and lifestyle: "The House Book" (1978 edition) by the iconic designer and founder of Habitat, Terence Conran. A must for all interior design nuts in love with the 1970s!
For lovers of 1960s music, we have a book telling you all about the 100 great albums of the decade... We have at least two of them and they will be on our stall! (we might have a few more, we'll check!).
If you like sci-fi novels, we have come across some cool paperbacks!
The Ganymede Takeover by iconic sci-fi writer Philip K.Dick (with Ray Nelson), 1967 edition.
Windhaven by Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin (with Lisa Tuttle), 1988, 1st VGSF edition.
Star Winds by Barrington J. Bayley (1978, 1st printing)
Matt ArtPix and Arcane Publishing had a great day at Old Spitalfields market on Saturday, our first one in this London location.
The logistics were suprisingly easy to work out: take A13, arrive.
There was a handy car park round the corner, and our stalls were spacious, with loads of leg room and freedom of movement around the space.
Old Spitalfields is a stimulating environment to trade in and we will be back on August 2nd for another So Vintage London event with a different layout for the stalls and slightly different stocks - it's important to always refresh and try new things out! We are already working on it!
We hope to trade regularly at Old Spitalfields in the future, watch this space...
Here are a few pictures of the day!
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