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A virtual tour of an editor/book marketer’s library

I remember visiting the home of a business acquaintance some years ago. She had one book on her coffee table that she admitted it was taking her months to get through. “We used to have all kinds of books cluttering up the place, but we got rid of them,” she explained to me cheerily. “What’s the point of having those things around just collecting dust?” Are you kidding me? I remember thinking. You just got rid of them like they were a bunch of knickknacks taking up space?

A home without books is a body without soul.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

If the above quote is true — and I happen to believe that it is — our home has soul to spare! Someone on Facebook recently asked me which books had made the most lasting impression on me. It was a difficult question to answer because, for me, every book leaves an impression of some sort. So, at the risk of being somewhat self-indulgent, I thought I’d take you on a virtual tour of our home library, which is not confined to a single room, but spreads out across the house, into virtually every place a book could wedge itself.

The first stop is the coffee table, current home to some of the books John and I bought at the recent VNSA Charity Book Sale. Yes, it’s true. They still have not found a forever home on the bookcase, as that will likely mean weeding and donating some of our books in order to make room for them.

Next up is hubby’s corner. John is a commercial plumber, but he’s thinking about making a move out on his own as an indie residential plumber. These were some of his recent purchases so he can review the stuff he’ll need to get up to speed on the residential side of things.

Our recreational reading is one of the places where we have the most divergent interests. Hubby reads thrillers. I read literary fiction, chick lit, spiritual titles, and marketing books  — yes, even in my “down” time.

Here’s proof of the above statement, a look at the books stacked on our bedside table.

This is a stack of library books, ready to go back tonight. I used them for research for a recent client project.

OK,  when you ask me about influential books, these two are at the top of my list. Although I was already quite familiar with the Law of Attraction by the time Secrets of Attraction jumped off the shelf at me, mis-shelved as it was in the midst of the religion section at a local indie bookseller, it changed my perspective on things considerably. In fact, it was the reason I created my box of affirmation cards, which had a direct impact on the trajectory of my business and my life. Not sure where or how I came across From Beginning to End, but it is, without a doubt, the book I’ve given most often as a gift to others.

If you’ve written a book and hope to sell any copies, besides reading this blog, you MUST buy and read this book by John Kremer. It would take you years to implement every strategy and idea it contains, but without it, you’ll be flailing in the wind.

These are two books a client recently recommended to me. I’m pretty sure 7 Rules You Were Born to Break is headed straight to the top of my all-time favorites list!

This is the most recent book I purchased, at a neighborhood yard sale. I don’t know much about it yet, but the blurb that hooked me says:

In this deliciously mordant send-up of the publishing world, Elise Blackwell conjures up a universe filled with talentless novelists, reptilian publishers, unprincipled agents, and brain-dead critics. Thank God this is only a fantasy. Thank God any similarity to real life is entirely fortuitous.  — JOE QUEENAN

These are the books I am, without question, most honored to own. This is a selection of my clients’ books. I recently took them with me to a presentation I did about using a book as a way to build and brand your business. I put little bullet lists on the front of each book, explaining the role I had in each one. My functions ranged from editing to typesetting to marketing, and a lot of other things in between. It was an excellent exercise to see how far I’ve come and how many clients I’ve helped.

Lastly, we come to my Kindle Fire, a Christmas present from my wonderful husband. I’ll be honest, though, and tell you that I use it much more often for the mobile Web features than I do for reading, except while I’m in transit or hanging out at a place that doesn’t have WiFi.

So that’s it. You’ve seen the wide variety of books that permeate our house, my office, and our lives in general. I’d love to hear about your favorites in the comments section below!

Happy reading!



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