poppy's booksSpecialists in Preschool books
They say a love of books is a life-long thing and that's certainly true of Pat Saunders. A former book sales manager, Life coach and Reiki practitioner, Pat has returned to her roots in establishing Poppy's Books, an independent company specialising in children's titles.
Poppy's Books sells directly via book parties, pre-school settings and special events as well as on-line. And such has been Pat's initial success that the firm is now expanding via a nationwide network of agents – many of whom are mums looking to fit a fun and rewarding career around family life or students boosting their income through flexible working.
Agents can be from all sorts of backgrounds but the one thing they all have in common is an absolute passion for books! The Poppy's Books range includes titles from many of the leading children's publishers – and Pat stocks nothing she hasn't personally reviewed or 'reader tested'. As well as new titles and perennial favourites, the range also includes many titles covering multicultural and social issues which have found a ready market particularly in pre-school and early education settings.
Selling direct means customers get to see and experience the books for themselves – lifting the flaps, checking the language etc – and judge which stories will have most appeal for their children. This means there's no 'hard sell' for the Agents who also receive training in party planning, displaying books, ordering and basic administration. The combination of quality products, professional support and personal passion is something which sets Poppy's Books apart from many other agency-type operations.
Pat has direct relationships with many children's authors and herself writes regular books reviews and recommendations for a range of publications including Sprouts magazine (www.sproutsmagazine.co.uk), which has a readership of over 50,000, and the leading activity search website 'Whatson4littleones' (www.whatson4littleones.co.uk).
As the business continues to expand there's no doubting that Poppy's Books is a success story with many more chapters to come!
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