Candice: Its that time of year, the schools have broken up, the roads are clear and everyone is off on holiday. In the world of work it means that you spend your time trying to find a time for a meeting where everyone you want is working, and that can take the whole six week holiday to find a suitable slot.
It’s also is the time when the book charts will change as the summer holiday reads take over, a bit like the cinema where all the big blockbusters come out as the film companies capitalise on six weeks of bored children. Jurassic World, Minions: they are all part of the summer push to get some money in.
So, if you look at the current top 10, it is a mixture of crime novels and holiday reads. Some Marian Keyes with a Patricia Cornwell thrown in for good measure. In the supermarket and at the Airport they will be lining them up ready for those last minute shoppers getting ready to jet off for a well deserved break.
An interesting comment Kate Long made at the Writing event we went to last week was that the Supermarkets rule. She had to change the name and cover of her current book based on what the supermarket chain wanted.
Now, Phil and I are not precious about cover or name, we’d just like to be one of the options in Sainsbury’s for people to pick up. I’d be happy if I saw our book in that line up being picked up by happy holiday makers to be read and discarded at a foreign hotel. In fact, if it 5 years time I found a battered copy in a hotel library I’d be ecstatic. We not expecting to compete with Harper Lee and be the next English Literature read.
I’ve not another holiday planned until September and I’ll be looking forward to my reading for that break but for now I’ll dream about popping in to do the shopping and seeing ‘Kate vs the Dirtboffins’ next to the salad aisle.