Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I Love Indies Blog Tour!

The fabulous Lisa and Laura have declared May 31 I <3 Indies Day, and I have to say: I really love indies! In particular, I *adore* my local indie bookstore, Fireside Books & Gifts.

There are a lot of reasons to love Fireside. First: the people. I know I can walk into the store and be greeted personally--often with a suggestion of a book that I will love. If Valerie hands me a title, I know I'm going to gobble the book up.

But Fireside has a special place in my heart because it's where I had my first author event--my launch party for ACROSS THE UNIVERSE. I was gobsmacked by the response, and every time I walk into the store, I remember how wonderful it was to see everyone and launch my book at Fireside.

So, of course, I love Fireside most of all--but I love all indie bookstores, and today's about celebrating indies!

And one of my very very favorite things about indie bookstores is that they are most likely to have...signed books! I love signed books--in fact, that's about the only thing I collect--and I love that often, authors will partner with indie bookstores in order to provide signed books!

Fireside is my partner indie store--if you'd ever like to get a signed copy of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, just click here. I can personalize it any way you like, too--the store calls me up, I come down and sign the book for you, and they ship it as soon as the ink dries.

Lots of authors do this (which means my collection of signed books continues to grow...). Here's a sampling of some local indies that can hook you up with signed books! (And please feel free to steal this list and post elsewhere--the more books sold, the better!)

Indies that Feature Signed Books

And a few bookstores will be hosting launch parties soon--so call them now for signed copies!

Do you know of any other authors who partner with bookstores to sell signed books? Let me know in the comments, and I'll add it to my list! 


Thank you to Lisa and Laura for coming up with the brilliant idea to feature indie bookstores today. Please visit the blogs below--each one another stop on the We Love Indies Blog Tour! And be sure to stop by Lisa & Laura's blog in particular--they're hosting a giveaway to celebrate indies!

And don't forget: the best way to show your support for a local indie bookstore is to shop in one. Why not go out today and pick up a book? Support reading and your local economy!
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