Years ago hubby and I used head to Border’s Books after dinner on date night. There’s nothing more romantic than holding hands while browsing the murder mystery isle. Although most of us are grateful for Amazon and e-books, we miss the coffee and ink ambiance of a real bookstore. There are so few left.
So I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to be invited to participate in Books on the Vine’s first ever pop-up bookstore.
Seven local authors were featured at the El Dorado High School Annual Holiday Boutique. We had fun, sold and signed books and, most importantly, connected readers and writers.
I love this entrepreneurial idea and hope it spreads.
Yes, authors may sell more books on-line running Book Bub ads, and we should do that. But there’s nothing like watching readers’ faces light up when they find they’re talking to the person who penned the exciting Middle Ages Fantasy or Belly Dance Romance novel they’re holding in their hot little hand.
The Internet has changed so much about publishing, for good and for ill. People who wouldn’t get, or don’t want, a traditional publishing deal are now able to create professional products and get them into readers’ hands. Communities have developed around favorite genres and common interests.
In the process, however, many physical bookstores have shut their doors.
Now seems like the perfect time to take back some literary territory.
One woman glanced at our booth, smiled and kept walking. A little later she came back bubbling with an idea. Would our authors be willing to phone in or show up at her book club? You bet we would.
This was a terrific reminder of why I’m writing. It’s not to conquer Amazon algorithms, win over the Book Bub gods, or have more Twitter followers than you do.
I’m in the business of planting ideas, encouraging, entertaining, and changing hearts. I’m in the people business.