Transreal Fiction

Scotland’s sf & fantasy bookstore

FAQ, inc. vacancies

Employment; can I get a job, Mister?

No. It’s a small business and there are no vacancies. Ever.

Your cv will probably look at me guiltily for a few weeks and then find it’s way to the recycling. If you include an e-mail address, you might get an answer, but it’ll still be ‘no’.

Signings, etc.

I can arrange for certain authors’ books to be personally signed, but I don’t put on signings for touring authors.
The shop is too small for readings or q&a sessions, which is the accepted format now.
In any case, very few authors would be a big enough draw, except possibly on a Saturday, when it would be more disruptive than useful, I’m afraid. I have a lot of previous experience with signings, etc. and have no wish to put on events that are almost guaranteed to be disappointing to the author and to myself.

Please note: I am more than happy for authors to drop in and sign their stock and have a chat; I just don’t feel it’s worth doing formally.

Small Press Publishers I’m happy to be sent info about your books, but please remember that I sell mainly sf & f and titles outwith these genres are unlikely to be given much consideration.
Also, I mainly order via Gardners Books for my UK titles – if you’re not on their database, I’m unlikely to want to open a separate account for a couple of titles. I do deal with some specialist publishers, etc., so this isn’t a hard and fast rule, but the vast majority of my stock is from established wholesalers.

Shopping Basket? Can I buy from you online?

Sort of! Two answers to this question…

1: E-mail enquiries, etc. are usually answered fairly quickly, and Invoices issued, or cc numbers taken and goods sent out. In that most of my mail-order business is related to ‘bespoke’ signed books, e-mail works better for them, anyway, to ensure all the details are correct.

2: I’m a member of the Hive network for online sales for books, e-books and cds/dvds, etc. Click the link for Hive at the top of the page and you’ll get a searchable page for all UK releases. If you select ‘Transreal Fiction’ as your favourite shop, I’ll get a small portion of the price. And you can opt to collect your purchase from here, if you want (which means free postage for you).
They also ship abroad, if you wish.

Do I buy books?

No. Transreal Fiction sells new books and is not a second-hand bookshop. Nor do I buy comics, or know who does these days.

Do you open on Sundays?

Not any more, I’m afraid. I value my time off and paying someone else to open for me generally costs about as much, or more, as the likely profit. For the same reasons, I’m also closed on Mondays.

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