If you’re a writer, you are also a reader. Q.E.D.
If you are a reader, you occasionally visit a bookstore.
My dear eldest daughter works at a bookstore, and has recently started a blog—Between the Pages—on which she has book reviews and anecdotes from the wild and wooly world of retail bookselling. Today, she offered some advice for getting along with friendly and helpful booksellers.
2) If you need a specific book and no other will do, it helps us if you know which book it is.
3) Just because your friend got it here, doesn’t mean we don’t need more information than that. I do not know which knitting book your friend bought here yesterday, I’m sorry.
4) Do not try to see how fast you can spin the racks of picture books. Although the resulting explosion of books looks impressive, we are not impressed.
Read the whole thing. Take it to heart. Your friendly and helpful local bookseller will thank you.