Re-Building the Industry Post-Covid-19: An Offer for Local Businesses

As the founder of a small local publishing house, I understand how difficult it has been for businesses in the West Yorkshire area to thrive during the Covid-19 pandemic, and I'm thrilled we are now being given the go-ahead to safely re-open and re-launch for our customers.

I work closely with writers to help produce and sell their debut books every day, and I've noticed significant changes due to the Coronavirus that has greatly impacted the way we—and the companies we work with—can do business. So, in an effort to boost not only the self-publishing industry, but revenue for the local companies we work alongside, I'd like to offer local businesses including coffee shops, book stores, cafes and more a selection of free book-related opportunities (as and when they feel able to safely host such an event) in 2020-2021.

Curious Cat Books publishes a variety of genres for a wide audience interested in anything from emotive adult fiction and beautifully illustrated children's books, to engrossing travel memoirs and more. And to celebrate how local businesses have been supporting one another (as coffee wonderfully supports a good book!), I'd love to set up some book signings, readings or discussions at stores near-by for later this year, where we can attract new customers and encourage people to safely return to their favourite places in time for the Christmas period.

If you run a small local business and think one of our free events would be of benefit, or if you would like to discuss this opportunity further, please feel welcome to get in touch at any time using the contact form on this website, or by e-mailing me personally through

We look forward to supporting and working with you soon!

Rachael Hardcastle

Founder of Curious Cat Books, Bradford