Coming Soon; Your October Book Box!

So, I have had this idea bouncing around in my head for the last month or so, of starting a Subscription Box Business. Featuring, of course…books.

And I searched all of the available ones already out there, and there are a bunch! One to never be deterred, I kept the idea in the back of my mind, still bouncing around on a daily basis.

I researched custom boxes, personalized shipping tape, printed tissue paper, what to call this business, how to start a subscription box business, what platform to use, etc. etc. etc.

Trust me, the list goes on, and on.

Do I use my already licensed business name of Books and Opinions, which I have trademarked, paid for, and created a logo for? Probably not. Enter more licensing and trademark fees, creating a new website, and giving myself one more thing to manage.

I have reached out to various authors for buying bulk quantities of their books for a specific month (I have a theme going on here!), and the response has been fantastic!

It is nearly September; school starts again in a minute, my weekly church activities start back up at the same time, and my oldest daughter is getting married the first weekend of October. Never one to give up, here is what I am going to do…

…I love Autumn, Fall, Halloween, October, November, I think you get the idea. So I have to have a box for October. And I do!

I just bought some great mystery books, and mystery magazines (think Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen!). Add some Autumn Spiced tea, gourmet cookies or chocolate, and a handmade gift or two, all in the Spirit of Spookiness! I am still “building” this box, so some more items may be tossed in!

So I have some questions. If you could be so kind as to complete the attached 8 question survey, I would greatly appreciate it! You can find the survey here: Subscription Box Survey

You can also copy and paste the following link:

I would also love to hear about any subscription box success or horror stories you may have in the comments below!


22 thoughts on “Coming Soon; Your October Book Box!

  1. Brittany August 25, 2017 / 10:48 am

    I know you would be just starting out, but I use Book of the Month. One of the things I love, is adding a previous month’s book or an add on book for a smaller fee. I feel I can really pick what I want when that option is available. And I can pick books from last year when I wasn’t a subscriber at this time.

    • Angela August 25, 2017 / 10:52 am

      Thanks for replying Brittany! I was considering some type of option like that once I begin buying books in bulk, to help get rid of possible left-overs! I like the idea of a completely customized box, but that will definitely take some more time on my part, especially holding a large variety of inventory. Thank you again, this is a great help!

  2. CeCeLibrarian August 25, 2017 / 11:15 am

    Survey completed. I think this is a great idea Angela.

    • Angela August 25, 2017 / 11:23 am

      Thanks so much CeCe! I really appreciate it!

  3. Kristin August 25, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    I love this idea. For financial reasons I would not be able to subscribe now, but I’ve been researching book boxes and thinking of giving one as an idea next time I’m asked what I’d like as a gift. I would LOVE to get one!

    • Angela August 25, 2017 / 3:26 pm

      Thanks for sharing Kristin! I think I would be more likely to get these as gifts for someone else, I tend to feel guilty when I spend money on myself lol 😂

  4. Sam Westhoek August 26, 2017 / 10:25 pm



    ** This is for your eyes only, not for adding to the Comments section of your website. **

    If you have time in your hectic schedule, would you be amenable to reviewing any one / all three of the books I’ve self-published this year? There’s a lighthearted fantasy novel, a compilation of terror tales, and a small compendium of poetry and haiku.

    You can preview them here:

    Let me know if your preference is Paperback or eBook; I’ll make arrangements to ensure you get the copies you want to read. An honest opinion is appreciated.

    Sam Westhoek

  5. theminimeditatingdragon August 30, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    Thanks for the love on my blog! Also, best wishes to your daughter on her wedding. I love your idea of having a book box. I’ve always wanted to subscribe to “boxes”, but I am super poor. Good luck with your endeavors and I look forward to reading more of your stuff soon!

    • Angela August 31, 2017 / 2:49 am

      Thank you for the kind words and for stopping by and sharing!

  6. Rachel @ Chocolate and Chapters September 1, 2017 / 3:18 pm

    I just recently discovered book subscription boxes and have ordered a few of them from different companies to try them out. Some I’ve really loved, some I haven’t. I’ve written a couple reviews of the boxes on my blog and plan to keep doing so in the future. I’m excited to see what you come up with your boxes. 😀 I’m heading over to fill out the survey right now. 🙂

    • Angela September 1, 2017 / 3:27 pm

      Thanks Rachel! I am going to go through your reviews you posted as well!

  7. theeditorsjournal September 15, 2017 / 1:52 am

    Interesting idea although didn’t quite get the complete picture. You put together a selection of choices and people buy your selection as with packaged gifts but this time with books?

    • Angela September 15, 2017 / 6:28 am

      There are hundreds of subscription boxes out there, for anything you could want or imagine. One’s for coffee lovers, clothing, make-up, gadgets, fitness, etc. It would include at least one book themed around the month/time of year, and several other gifts. I currently have mystery/horror books, a mystery magazine, pumpkin flavored treats, and about to purchase fall flavored teas, and Autumn themed mugs. I will include either a custom made bookmark, magnet, keychain, or other type of gift. The contents will be pictured when I begin selling, but none will be exact to another, hence the receiving a surprise package!

      • theeditorsjournal September 16, 2017 / 4:35 am

        Oh how exciting! I wish you the best with it. Hopefully I can keep up and watch your journey. 🙂

  8. slothreading December 27, 2017 / 5:25 am

    How do you bulk buy books? I have no idea how to do that!

    • Angela December 27, 2017 / 11:26 am

      I either contact the author directly, or there are also some websites that sell bulk quantities of books, usually a minimum of 25 is needed to place an order.

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