As I sipped my morning coffee last week, I scanned my Facebook news feed. After squeeing over a kitten picture or two, I came across a blog post from author Chuck Wendig (via a post from fellow indie author Dale Eldon) regarding independent bookstores.
The full blog post is here: http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2013/07/01/of-authors-and-indie-bookstores/
I encourage you to read the entire post if you have time. The gist I got from it speaks on promoting your local indie bookstores. This article somehow penetrated my sleep-fogged brain.
As I make an effort to buy the work of independent authors and artists, the post struck a chord with me. And I realized—to my shock—that I have never shouted about my support for local bookstores.
I read a lot of work by indie authors. (Also I read work from large publishers and the back of cereal boxes. Everything, really.) Since I’ve been published, three bookstores that I know of here in Charlotte have closed.
One of the survivors is Park Road Books. Park Road was where I had my first book signing back in 2010. I shared a table with fellow local authors Darin Kennedy and Matthew Saunders for the release of the now-defunct Pill Hill Press’s anthology “Flesh and Bone: Rise of the Necromancers”. The staff was welcoming and friendly. And accommodating to the point of stocking the table with chilled bottles of water—important when you’re reading and talking for hours. About necromancers.
If you’re ever in Charlotte, stop by and say hello. If you’re not in the area, you can visit them here: www.parkroadbooks.com
Or check out this link to find your local bookstore and support your favorite independent authors: http://www.indiebound.org/