Merry National Library Day

“I had to crawl to get to the toilet, but I wouldn’t have traded it. ”

For library freaks like me, I’m going to include a spot over on the side of my blog, as a guide to where readers can find a copy of my book RESET by Marian Evans. The list will begin with MY local libraries where I have already donated copies; Cadillac, Leroy, Tustin and Luther — soon to include two or three more.  If your library doesn’t have it, try requesting it. The more the merrier.

Need I say, I’m a junkie for the written word? I’ve a special penchant for words written about writing. I also like  genre fiction: classics of sci-fi and horror, but I’ll read almost anything.  One year I read 72 books (not counting a hundred or so books on tape).  I was laid up for six weeks that winter and averaged two books every three days.  That was great.  I had to crawl to get to the toilet, but I wouldn’t have traded it.  Call it readedication or bookaddiction, it has driven me on from an early age to pursue the writing life.  Now it’s gone beyond the stage of someday-soon with some small income.

For those who will consider buying the book, I’m trying to provide as many options as possible. You might want to support your local independent bookstore. Good! They can get it for you in a few days if you ask. 

Also I want to have RESET stocked in all of my local bookstores (I’ll go for anything within 100 miles).  As that happens I will include a guide on the side to promote those places.  I’m also going to include a link on the side to the website IndieBound. They will help you order the book and direct you to your nearest local independent, where you can purchase it.

“The mission of the IndieBound Community is to help people across the United States share and find independently owned businesses. By connecting indie-conscious people with local businesses, we’re working to strengthen the health of Main Street ecosystems across the United States.” 

Yes my book was made possible by the beautiful monster, since it was produced (but not published — a guy named Self is the proud publisher) using tools from two of their divisions, Createspace and Kindle.  But hey, they offer the best services to get the quality results I was hoping for, and that’s just business. 

Yes, Amazon does compete with independent bookstores, but then they also make it easy and quick for any bookstore to order these POD (print-on-demand) self-published books.  Or, as an option, the author can profit by personally peddling his work on consignment to his local bookstores  — and why not? Everything ‘big’ started out small and local.

As a farmers market manager in my other guise, I am in love with BUY LOCAL — well-versed in its many merits, as well as its shortcomings.  RESET was a collaborative project that came out of local talents, but it is available worldwide. I’ve made the effort to allow as many channels of distribution as possible, on speculation that it might eventually pay. I especially like the fact that my books that are bought in the US are also printed here.

Will it make sense (as in dollars and cents), to chase these local sales?  Ask me in 10 years, when I’m bringing down 10 grand a week.

I have a hunch that most writer’s first books are giveaways, whether or not the author is headed for future success.  Those who stay in it — see it through to the fourth or fifth book — should be making a living off it by then if they have turned out some decent work. 

I’ve given away as many copies of RESET as I’ve sold, or more.  Given them for various reasons.  I’m happy to do it.  I should’ve given away more in fact, printed some ARCs (advance review copies).  Next time I’ll add that all-important step of lining up some advance reviews.  Get some blurbs. 

We learn. Where? Visit your library.   Brian

Why shop Indie?
When you shop at an independently owned business, your entire community benefits:

The Economy
■Spend $100 at a local and $68 of that stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43.
■Local businesses create higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.
■More of your taxes are reinvested in your community–where they belong.

The Environment
■Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.
■Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money to beautify your community.

The Community
■Local retailers are your friends and neighbors—support them and they’ll support you.
■Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains.
■More independents means more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community.

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