by Jas Faulkner It might seem like a needless...
by Jas Faulkner Reverend Billy and his partner, Savitri, are no strangers to being approached by police officers and security personnel. They have seen many a purposeful walk to their particular brand of disturbance with a message. Some of these approaching men and women wear blank game faces with the[Read More...]
Congratulations on crossing “Print My Book” off of your bucket list! However, the self-publishing community often faces trials and tribulations after the book has been printed. If the first group of printed books did well, but you’re struggling to keep selling them, we’ve got some fresh ideas that anyone can[Read More...]
One of the members of a children’s literature listserv send a query to the group. She explained that she was writing historical fiction and that the setting of her book was the South during the Great Depression. One of her characters was a teenage boy who was poor, athletic and[Read More...]
Clicking on Turner Classic Movies the other day, an unfamiliar film starring Bette Davis crossed the screen. It had been on for at least 20 minutes, and I hate entering a film after it’s begun, but it caught my attention because Davis was a small town librarian who apparently was[Read More...]
On a warm June day eight years ago I received a phone call from the director of a summer school program. I had worked as a librarian in the program for three years and assumed my application had been accepted for the upcoming summer session scheduled to begin in two[Read More...]
A guest post by Brandon Christopher, author of The Job Pirate As both a novelist and freelance copywriter-for-hire, I have discovered two very different processes of writing—one for the literary voice, and one for the advertising voice. Both are living, breathing methods of putting thoughts onto paper, yet both styles[Read More...]
I have a confession to make – I never participated in a book club before becoming a bookseller. I wasn’t opposed to them but I didn’t see the point of being part of an organized group created with the sole purpose of discussing books. Book discussions should just happen organically,[Read More...]
A Guest Post by author Lance Manion ¡Viva la Revolución! The more articles I see about how self-publishing is ruining the literary world the happier I get. The establishment is finally waking up to the fact that their influence is going to start to wane. Cocktail parties, press junkets and[Read More...]
These days, the “Black” in Black Friday makes people think of mini-riots, bleary-eyed shoppers, angry confrontations over the latest Sesame Street marketing variation, and shell-shocked minimum wage employees who wish all the customers in their store would go away, forever. The original intent of “Black Friday” was much different, as it’s[Read More...]
Give your eyes a break and listen to these book related podcasts – including author interviews, live readings and interesting facts from the literary world. 1. The New Yorker: Fiction : A monthly reading and conversation with the New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman. 2. Litopia A podcast from the Litopia Writer’s Colony[Read More...]
An important part of being a community bookstore is hosting authors – emerging and established, and all of us in between. Playing host or hostess can be a great deal of fun. It also can be exhausting and often stressful. We plan these events to hopefully bring more people into[Read More...]
“It must be nice to own a bookstore and be able to sit around and read all day. Sometime, when I retire, I’d love to open a bookstore.”
If I had a quarter for the number of times I’ve heard that comment expressed to me in a jovial manner by a well-meaning customer, I’d have enough money to buy that Robert Crais 1st edition of “The Monkey’s Raincoat” that I’ve been wanting for the last 10 years.