Friday, January 23, 2015

In praise of independent bookstores

This post isn't the first time I've raved about One More Page Books, and I'm sure it won't be the last. They're an independent bookstore in Arlington Virginia who really knows how to "do it right."

First, they don't just sell books, but delicious chocolate and fine wine too.  Three things that go perfectly together.

Second, they do events...a lot of events.  Not only do they have author signings but they also have story time for the kiddies, eight different book clubs, and even have sponsored author panel discussions for budding authors.  I've launched three of my series there, and they were huge successes.

Plus, as you can see by this photo they recently posted on Twitter, they provide special promotion  to local authors. What more could you want?  

While looking through their calendar of events, I noticed their 4th year anniversary is this month.  How exciting!  At a time when the huge bookstores are struggling, and fears of Amazon taking over the world run rampant, it's good to see one of the "little guys" who do well by doing it right.  Oh, and maybe they aren't such little guys, after all.  After all, when the President of The United States of America drops by your store (I kid you not).  You are definitely doing something right!

So congratulations One More Page Books for all you do on behalf of readers and authors alike. If you are in Northern Virginia, stop by and show your support, and if you're not local - find an independent bookstore near you and give them some lovin'.

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