Madisen Kuhn woke up one February morning to find that her self-published poetry book from five years ago was suddenly on Amazon’s list of best sellers. How? A viral video.
Without a doubt, 2020 was a difficult year, and these difficulties have extended to our neighborhood independent bookstores. These independent bookstores have had to close, shift their business models, and more to survive during the pandemic, but they are not dead yet. Here’s why and how you can help these stores survive.
Sit in a room full of English majors long enough, and you’ll eventually hear someone groan, “Ugh… math.” The topic may be differential calculus or how to split the tab, but the sentiment is always the same. Why, the lover of words bemoans, do we have to take a break from talking about books to do things with numbers?
Every day there’s another story about how Amazon is changing the marketplace, and not just for books. Because I think we ignore Amazon (and others) at our peril, I turn to “The Shatzkin Files” to stay informed.
Awards can be a great way to score some positive publicity for a book. If your marketing materials include awards, the book becomes not just a book, but a book with merit. This is not to say books without awards are meritless—there are just too many great books out there. Many factors dictate award eligibility, […]
The best part is the finding of a book that you’re really excited about. I see anywhere from 400 to 500 books in a season, of which I read about 80-100. I try to give my enthusiasm to the book buyer so that they can bring a book into their store and hopefully be just as excited when they try to sell it to their customer. So, for me, it’s the discovery of new books.