So this is what's been on my mind for the past month, erm you people did miss me right? I could tell by the lack of comments how much i was missed ;)
But it didn't hurt really to be forgotten in blogworld because I hadn't really been on blogger to do more than check comments (lotta spam whats up with that!!!) and see if my best buds had posted anything.
But I have been on the Computer almost 24/7 the last few months.  Imediatly after NaNoWriMo in November ended (whew!) I completly ignored my story and turned to business.

I have been seraching for the perfect business project for ages now.  It's always been a toss up between Interior Designing, Landscape Designing, or actaully I can't remeber half the ideas that used to float in my head anymore. But everytime I made istikhara for it things would seem to go in the rigth direction but just "put on hold for now" and evertime this happened something else would enter my mind as soemthing better to do. Well after Nano I was really cracking down on figuring out if I wanted to do Interior Designing Firm.  But meanwhile in the Islamic Writers Alliance (IWA) message boards I was absolutly happiest when dealing with IWA matters and talking with people in this industry.  My heart longed to do soemthing meaningful with Books and Literacy.
After sending a hesitant question in my discussions with an American Muslim Publisher and hearing her enthusiastic response it was solidified in my heart.

I NEED TO OPEN A BOOKSTORE!!!! An ISLAMIC bookstore.  There are PLENTY of bookstores here catered to the masses of secularism.  AND although I enjoy Harry Potter and even Twilight as much as the next Fiction enthusiest, the community needs more. MUSLIMS need more.  We need our own chain of bookstores promoting Islamic Fiction and Islamic Written works, writen of course by our fellow Brothers and SIsters.  If that is not supporting the Ummah I don't know what is.  These writers spend years working on their books to only get them sold perhaps half MAXIMUM to 1/5 the amount as say Harry Potter. YET HOW MANY MUSLIMS ARE IN THE WORLD!?!?!?! 1/5 of the world is MUSLIM! HELLO MUSLIMS! Wake up and realize we have quality books of our own that are just as entertaining as Harry Potter.
SO upon realizing what I really want to do most is a Bookstore I immediatly set up work to make out a Business Plan.  WHEW what work are they!
Meantime though I still gotta keep up the house, kjeep off the weight, Homeschool, help friends, etc.... so that is why the month is now almost over and I haven't had time for blogging and haven't even finished my Business Plan.  But yesterday I got a lot of free time in so I worked hard and got a lot of good statistical figures about the industry and demographics of UAE.

I really feel the hardest part is the Business Plan. Getting it right and making it work and doing all the research.  Finding an investor i believe will happen with the Grace of Allah. He will either send me one or not. End of Story.

SO my store is thus titled so far Crescent Pen Bookstore & Cafe. Whatcha think?
I may have a logo contest in the future so stay tuned.
The inside of the store will be white with blue edgings very calm and comfortable place to read and learn and grow in Islam. Hmm that is a catchy motto I like it.... *enter that into Business Plan*  I'm hoping to have beautiful Islamic Arches

 over each section and the sections sectioned off like a mihrab nitche. Not curvy but like a nook filled with books....we'll see how the design stage goes.
I'll be posting a questionaire for everyone to chime in on ideas in another post and will be bringing back polls to my blog (I miss those don't you?).

It is weird thinking of myself in the Business League. I never thought I'd be wrapped up in Cost of Sales and Profit Margins and all that "biz talk" but here I am wading through it all.  It's liek a sea of info out there and I'm a little fish swimming hard against the currant.

Not only I want to do this business for finacial purposes (hey I gotta eat just liek the rest of the world) but also as my life goal to promote Islamic Literature. Its like a personal Jihad to get Muslims Reading.

14 intelligent thoughts:

Cecilia said...

wow, this is like the best idea ever! I really do hope you get an investor, insha allah you will!

Melissa said...

Mashallah, sounds like a REALLY wonderful plan!! I wish I would be able to visit your store but I live too far away.
I love reading and writing and I'm working on my own writing. I'll have to check out that MWA website.

May Allah make your bookstore to be highly successful sister!

Susanne said...

Sounds like a great idea! :)

Anonymous said...

All not so is simple, as it seems

Sabirah said...

subhaanallah! may Allah subhaana wa ta'aala grant you success and a good investor for your plans inshallah, what a great idea! I hope you have also considered an online bookstore option?

minty said...

salam, mabrook.. sounds great go for it!!..

Umm Imaan said...

Assalaamu alaikum

Masha Allah! I think that is a wonderful idea! Ironically I was just browsing the muslimah blogosphere to find idea's for good books to read which have no haraam content. I lurrrrve reading, but would like to read more about muslimah's in other countries, their stories and experiences ...and less about the nonmuslims you know...?

I think its a wonderful initiative and pray that Allah brings you the financial backing you would need and brings you success in your venture.

Ms Hamka said...

Salaam alaikum!

MashaAllah! As a writer of Islamic novels, I think you've done a wonderful effort,Sis! May Allah bless your hard work and grant you success!

balqees mohammed said...

Assalaamu alaikum.

MashaAllah, wonderful idea. I pray that Allah will strengthen and fortify you, dearest see this dream through into a reality.

We (muslim writers & publishers) need ppl like you who will help us to distribute our work to the public.


Debora said...

Asalaam alaikum Brandy,

Insha Allah, it will be a great success.

Love and salaam, Deb

Ms.Unique said...

Aw Brandy this is just so splendid an idea! I too love reading Islamic fiction and would also want to start my own Islamic fiction that's inspirational so that I too can contribute ....

You are right we need more active readers, writers and contributers ...

It sure is hard work but Insha Allah I'm sure if you keep trying you'll be able to do it .... I'll make lot's of duas for your success Insha Allah ... I dd remember you @ Arafah when I went for Hajj :)

May Allah bring all the success your way Ameen :)

always in the kitchen said...

I would come to your bookstore Brandi! I'd love to have a nice cup of tea and browse English Qu'ran translations instead of always surfing the web for nuggets of inspiration........It'd be awesome to actually hold a book and read.....

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.

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