Monday, May 28, 2012

Be The Prosciutto


From author April L. Hamilton's Indie Author blog...

Dear Indie Booksellers:

Whether your operation is brick and mortar, strictly online, or a combo plate of both, you have an important role to fill in the communities you serve. It makes me sad to see shop after shop shuttered, and I miss the ones I used to frequent. So please, know that as both an author and a consumer, I want you to not only survive, but to thrive.

But many of you, those whose daily operational thoughts and actions are totally dominated by fear of being driven out of business by Amazon and the few big chains that are still in operation, need some tough love. As you read this, bear that thought in mind: I'm tough because I love.

Also bear in mind, as you feel the blood rushing to your face and your jaw clenching in anger while you read, there are some distinct advantages to being a small, indie outfit (as you probably know better than I do), and there are indie booksellers that are doing just fine without so much as a glance in Amazon's direction; I will get to that by the end of this post, too. Okay, deep breath; here goes...


If you or someone you know cares about the survival of indie bookstores, this is the article to tweet around. Read the rest here.

In other news, I've just finished my internal medicine rotation and am back to writing and doing laundry. I did spent a lot of time thinking about how to properly kill off Rei Acerba while I was debriding all those decubitus ulcers. I'll post a progress report soon. ^_^

B.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

What about the doctor who told you not to kill her off? She knows where you work. And I think she can take you. ;)

jago said...

please tell me you're joking... she's awesome!

B. Justin Shier said...

It is true that she is proving very hard to kill. I've sent my goons after her twice now and I haven't heard from them since. Hmm...What Would Bane Do?

B.

François-Xavier Thomas said...

It's probably related to the fact that I've read a very, very evil and awesome book recently, but why not kill her off and make her come back as an undead zombie? :)

Anonymous said...

Bane? Cry for the two seconds he saw her before she killed him. ;) The whole master of fighting, tactics, and all that she has mastered because of her father. Plus I don't think she has rested on her laurels since the end of the last book and is more dangerous now cause of events that transpired then.

Anonymous said...

You tread a narrow path that makes me almost not want to pick up the third book now. Shame on you for making my blood pressure spike. Shame. I'm addicted though, therefore I will definitely read #3.

artikk said...

Any indication on when the next book will be coming out, Justin?

Luis said...

You should ask Jim Butcher for permission to use Kitai as the assassin, the ensuing battle would be EPIC!!!! Fury Craft vs Ley lines!

-Luis

B. Justin Shier said...

"Any indication on when the next book will be coming out, Justin?"

When looking at the manuscript doesn't make me want to projectile vomit :P

More details to follow at the end of this month.

"You should ask Jim Butcher for permission to use Kitai as the assassin, the ensuing battle would be EPIC!!!! Fury Craft vs Ley lines!"

I'd be happy to just ask him for his autograph (again). :D

B.

Anonymous said...

B.
What have we, your fanatically loyal subjects, done to deserve this? First a joke about killing off our favorite character....then more jest (we hope) about the manuscript we hope to love - makes you want to hurl?
This does not bode well.....BTW did you mean the end of May or June for more enlightenment? It's already the end of May....