Watermark Book Company
612 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes WA 98221
Phone 360-293-4277
Open Monday-Saturday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday 11 am - 4 pm

Notes From the Boss Lady

Hello to all of my happy readers. I have been SO busy ordering and filling the store with all of the goodies necessary for a fun and delightful shopping experience. We had a team meeting last week and we were feeling very good about this coming season.

As I sit and think about the store's 31st anniversary, I am filled with joy and excitement. I am so proud of us. Even with the pandemic going on all around us, we have such a solid plan in place. I am so grateful for my almost 3rd year of owning this beautiful shop--I feel so honored to carry on this most important legacy. Serving the community is such a wonderful job and I am so happy to be part of this.

In my last newsletter I talked about some of the important tasks and duties that my team fulfills... I would like to spend a second talking about what I do :) I order all of the books: all of the books that are coming out in the future and the ones currently out. I order all of the cards in the store. I pay all of the bills, make all of the appointments, interview, hire and fire:). I also oversee Facebook posts, newsletters, setting goals, writing the schedule. I find featured artists, I meet and decide what local books and items to carry. Amberly says that I am "team MOM"-- hahaha--I take care of the team, host team meetings, and lead the book club meetings and our author Zoom events.

I did finish The Book of Two Ways, by Jodi Picoult. I liked it--I will admit to it not being my favorite Picoult book to date. It was VERY HEAVY in Egyptology. I also started and finished Over The Top, by Jonathan Van Ness--it is a memoir. It was a gift from Amberly to me. Jonathan is one of the FAB 5 guys from Queer Eye. I enjoyed it. I am NOW reading Magic Lessons, by Alice Hoffman--it is the prequel to Practical Magic and it is AWESOME so far!

Happy Reading to all of you!
Happy Halloween from the Hundred-Acre Wood
Thank you to everyone who came over Halloween Weekend and participated in our Halloween Costume Contest for the chance to win a $10 gift card! We had so much fun seeing your costumes!
Holiday Shopping During a Pandemic--
Let Us Help!
We know that this has been a difficult and unconventional year for everyone, and with the holiday season right around the corner, we are committed to making your shopping experience as easy and stress-free as we can! Our store is as full as it's ever been, and we've been having fun bringing in a great stock for gifting. And don't forget that we offer complimentary gift wrapping! Let us be your one-stop-shop for the holidays! Here are some of the options available to you:

Shopping by Appointment! Let us know that you are interested in making an appointment to shop with the whole store to yourself, and we will get back to you with available times! They will be the half hour before and after the store closes--so, 9:00 am and 5:30 pm Monday-Saturday, and 10:30 am and 4:00 pm on Sundays. This is your opportunity to have the whole store to yourself, and to have us girls to yourself to answer all of your questions and make suggestions!

Plan a Shopping Party! Groups of up to six shoppers can book appointments for hour-long shopping parties on Sundays, either 10:00-11:00 am or 4:00-5:00 pm. Again, you and your friends or family will have the store to yourself, and we will be here to help you with your shopping experience. When you plan a shopping party, your party will receive 10% off of your entire purchase (sales items excluded, and it will not count toward your frequent buyer points). Get your group together and plan your party--there are only so many Sundays until Christmas!

Let Us Be Your Personal Shoppers! We are so happy to make suggestions and create gift packages for you over the phone. We will even FaceTime you so that you can be here with us, making your selections without ever having to come inside! We can process your whole order over the phone and have it gift wrapped and ready for you.

We Offer Shipping and FREE Delivery to Anacortes! If you live in Anacortes PROPER, we will bring your order to your front door--we'll just knock on your door and leave it for you, and it will be a completely contact-free experience. We are also happy to package and ship your orders through the USPS--we only charge you for the shipping that it costs us.
Watermark's 31st Anniversary
Wish your favorite indie bookstore a "happy anniversary!" Watermark has been here for 31 years, and we are CELEBRATING!

For our anniversary week--Sunday, Nov. 8th through Sunday, Nov. 15th--we are offering 31% off of our anniversary-logo long-sleeve shirts! They are a great layer for the cooler weather, and they make a great gift. We have a good stock of them, and when they're gone, they're gone--so get yours while supplies last!
You know we love drawings--and we have FIVE baskets that you could win in our Anniversary Basket Drawing! When you spend $100 or more with us (book club credit and gift certificates do not count toward the $100 minimum), you will be entered to win the basket of your choice--we have a Kiddo's Basket, a Middle-Reader basket, a His, a Hers, and a Grand Basket.
Kiddo's Basket
Middle-Reader Basket
New Team Wear from T-Shirts by Design
We love supporting our local businesses! Our new staff-exclusive winter outfits come from T-Shirts by Design! Thank you to T-Shirts by Design for helping us stay warm this winter!
Holiday Cards
Our holiday cards are selling fast, so make sure you stock up before they're all gone! We have two spinners FULL of holiday cards, as well as a selection of boxed cards. Cards can be such a wonderful way to connect with those we might not have the opportunity to see this season. Who is on your list to send holiday cards to this year?
This Just In for Kids!
Children's activity sets and LEGO activity books
Educational nonfiction from Scholastic
Beautiful hardcover picture books
This Just In!
New crafting and fiber arts books
We love Workman's All Good Things Are Wild & Free line, and we're excited to
have it in journals, sticky notes, and wrapping paper!
We've received our holiday order of Oberon journals, including several new designs.
Beautiful new cookbooks!
We have fresh stock of the famous January-January calendar. The new year is just around the corner--it's time to start planning!
Upcoming Events
Facebook Live Author Event
Tuesday, November 10th at 5:00pm
Local author Kathleen Kaska's Sherlock Holmes Quiz Book is revised and updated in its second edition, and we are excited to discuss it with her on Facebook Live! Tune in to this interview to learn more about the book and the author, to ask any questions you might have, and to get the chance to win a free copy of the book!
Thursday, November 26th
Happy Thanksgiving! Have a fun and safe holiday. We are closed on Thanksgiving Day, and open on Black Friday--come do your Black Friday shopping here with us, where it's local and safe!
Saturday, November 28th
Small Business Saturday
Support your local Anacortes businesses this Small Business Saturday. We will be here all day slinging books--come see us!
New and Noteworthy
New to Paperback
New Hardcover Fiction
New Hardcover Non-Fiction
Watermark Book Club
We are officially OPEN for sign-ups for our Watermark Book Club! We have room for 20 members, and you can sign up by emailing us at [email protected], calling the store at 360-293-4277, or sending us a message on our Facebook! We will announce our first book in December, and our first meeting will take place via Zoom on Thursday, January 7th at 5:00 pm.
While our book club is on hiatus, we are taking the opportunity to share with you what we're reading as a team! This month, Brandy read The Book of Two Ways, by Jodi Picoult. Here's what she has to say about it!

"I have always LOVED Jodi's books, so I was excited to jump into this one. The main protagonist is Dawn, who is living in current day with her husband and daughter. An incident happens that makes her begin to question everything. This book travels back and forth between time periods, and it has a LOT of information on Egyptology."