Shelf Awareness"But even before my first novel was released, independent booksellers were making a huge difference in my life, and I imagine that many folks feel the same way.... Stores like these can diagnose your reading life and prescribe just the book (or books!) to keep it thriving. Over the past several years, the best books I've read can be traced directly back to a hand-sell at an independent bookstore.
"Indie bookstores have done more for me than sell my novel; they've given me a community. For the past year, indies have aided in my professional life as a writer, but they have always nurtured my private life as a reader. For that I am endlessly grateful."