2 days ago
Monday, March 16, 2009
I had an experience last week I wanted to blog about. A man who owns an independent bookstore, who we’ll call Andy, contacted me on Twitter to tell me that, unless I started linking to Indiebound.org, instead of Amazon, he would no longer be able to follow or support me. He also sent me an email, reiterating his request/demand.
My background so far with independent bookstores has not been the best. As an author, I’ve given up contacting them regarding signings, since I’m usually treated like a telemarketer and hung up on. Even Andy forgot that, when I contacted him to do a signing many moons ago, he kept putting me off, even after I mailed him a free copy of my book for his consideration. After a while, I just gave up.
Plus, I like Amazon. They take care of me. They send me my books cheaply and quickly, and if I have a problem, it’s corrected within a day.
But my opinion isn’t what matters; yours is. You’re the person who will be buying and reading my book, and so I have a question for you. I’ve put up a poll on the right, asking if you’d rather buy from an independent source or from Amazon. If I get a fair margin of people who tell me they’d prefer to buy independent, I’ll add links to my blog and website.
Buy : Surviving Serendipity now at Amazon.com!
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