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!


Jennifer A said...

What a great post, Beth! Your local bookstore sounds awesome. :)

I've become obsessed with signed books lately too. I love that I can find lots of them at Powells! I love powells.

John green has books signed through his local bookstore, The Book Cellar http://www.bookcellarinc.com/index.php I'm not sure if they're indie, but I think so...

Also Richelle Mead will go to her local bookstore, University Book Store, and sign copies for readers too. She gives instructions here: http://www.richellemead.com/shop/shop.htm No idea if her's is indie either. :/

I thought I'd pass that on!

I love that authors do this!! I need to take advantage of it.

Jennifer of Little Shelf

Jennifer A said...

Oh, I forgot to say that to get John Green's books, you just email the bookstore and tell them wich ones you want. And, yes, it is indie! Hooray. :)

Jennifer of Little Shelf

amberargyle said...

Hi Beth, I finally got the link to purchase signed copies of Witch Song: http://rhemalda.com/authors/a/amber-argyle/

Aurora Smith said...

what a dream. <3

Theresa Milstein said...

My local bookstore, Porter Square Books has signings every week. They don't always have a YA author in. But I've gotten signed books from Alice Hoffman, Grace Lin, Kate DiCamillo, and Nancy Werlin.

Holly Black visited our other local bookstore, Harvard Square Books, so I got a signed copy of White Cat.

YaY for indies!

Natalie Aguirre said...

I love Indies. We have a wonderful one, Nicola's Bookstore. And I remember when Borders was an Indie.

Melody said...

My indie of choice is BookPeople in Austin, TX. Their YA wall is to die for. :) Also, Megan Whalen Turner will sign books at a 'bookseller near her.' You have to email her to arrange everything, so I don't know if she works with indies or not. :/