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. ^_^