The other day I went to another book signing (read: author signing) with my husband, author of McGowan's Call and McGowan's Retreat, and Larry Smith, the author of The Long River Home. Per usual, there were multiple authors at this book signing. Just a personal opinion here, but the more authors that a bookstore hosts for a book signing, the fewer number of books that are sold. Shoppers can't buy them all (okay, they could, but generally they don't) so what happens is that they rarely buy any books at all. Often, what I have seen is that authors exchange novels with each other.
Frankly, it is frustrating for the authors; however, per usual, though, I purchased a couple of books. I bought a companion novel to Ender's Game called Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card. Although it was a used copy, I still supported the bookstore which was hosting the event for these authors. According to my son, Ender's Shadow, the story of Bean (a character also seen in Ender's Game) is the only novel worth reading besides the original and I wanted to read a copy. By the way, I have started reading it and he is right...I am enjoying the story and find that it is a decent read, but I digress!
The other novel, Anam Cara by Keena Kincaid, is a relatively new romance novel by a relatively new author. It is a historical romance novel set in Great Britain during the 1100s, approximately a hundred years after the Battle of Hastings. It goes on my stack of reading material. Right now, I have plenty of books to read; I won't enumerate them today, but once again, I supported another author published by an independent press.
When I'm finished with it, I plan on reviewing it so that Ms. Kincaid will get other readers of her books, too. What would be nice is if there was any reciprocation on her part for other's writings. I am a firm believer in this. Many independent press authors need to help those at the grassroot level (in other words, each other). If the novels are good, tell others about them. If they are good, buy copies and give them as gifts. I do this now via bookcrossing.com, but also with my friends and family. If I find a book I enjoy, I buy another copy and give it away. It helps the authors get readers and it gets the books out there. It's all about mathematics...the profit margins are rather slim for independent press authors, but this is one way to help authors. I guess that is why everytime I go to an author signing I buy a new book by a relatively unknown author because I understand the reality of the 3Rs.
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American Diabetes Association