Where do you work and how long have you been there?
I am with Abraham Associates and have been working with them for 7 1/2 months! I have had my first season on the road and now I am getting ready for season 2.
Where might we be surprised that you have also worked?
I have had several jobs that tend to surprise people. My first job was as a telemarketer for a Funeral Home. Nothing like being 14 years old and cold calling people trying to set up an appointment to pre-arrange their funeral services. I worked at the cemetery for 4 years and my last job was leading in funerals and staying with the burial until it was placed in it's resting spot.
What do you like to read? What's your current favorite book to handsell?
I really enjoy Sci-fi/ Fantasy and tend to read things most people might find a little strange. I try to not put myself into any kind of reading corner and read all genres.
One of my favorite titles to sell during my spring season was Julian Is a Mermaid from Candlewick - If you have not seen this beautiful picture book I recommend you check it out. Another favorite title of mine from spring was Little Fish (Arsenal Pulp Press) by Casey Plett! I have so many more but I won't keep you all day.
Who are you when you're not on the road?
I am on the board and a showrunner for a non-profit art collective in Aurora, IL called ArtBar. We host monthly themed pop-up art shows and when I am not on the road selling or attending sales conferences I am at Two Brothers Roundhouse every First Friday selling all of the ART!
I also sculpt things by dry felting. I have made a Mothman, Swampthing and most recently Cuphead (a really cool video game character). You can see them on Instagram @Anniepokely
Other than that I tend to read and watch movies at home with my husband and kitties.
What bookstore do you consider to be a hidden gem?
This is really a tough one for me!! There are so many new stores I was able to visit this year and I have found so many new favorites.
I had the joy of visiting the new Cover to Cover Books in Columbus, OH. Melia Wolf, the owner was recently featured in the bookseller feature. Melia did such an amazing job with the design and curation of her new store! It is definitely worth a visit if you are ever in the area.
What publisher do you think more people should know about?
There are a few new publishers coming to Consortium Books Distributors. I am really looking forward to sharing their books with my accounts this season. For adult titles World Editions & for awesome kids board books Hazy Dell Press.
And from SCB Distributors I really like Boss Fight Books- They are similar to 33 1/3 books but focus on classic video games!
What is one of your most memorable moments or events as a rep?
It would have to be my first official sales conference. It was very overwhelming but everyone made me feel so welcomed and now I have had two seasons of conferences and I look forward to seeing everyone each time!
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