Sold by hand, sold by heart: the independent booksellers

Friday, August 13, 2010

We speak of independent booksellers as selling by hand, and that they do, and for that, we (readers and writers) are grateful.  But it is also enormously true that independent booksellers sell by heart.  We see that each time in the Indiebound lists are unveiled—booksellers putting themselves on the line for books and, consequently, for those who write them.

Today I send this flower—a burst of light, an otherworldly shimmer—to Mandy King of The Boulder Book Store in Boulder, CO, who put her heart on the line for Dangerous Neighbors, suggesting it to the Autumn 2010 Children's Indie Next List, where it joins a remarkable slate of new titles.  She's bigger and brighter and better than this flower.  My picture is but a mere approximation.


kristen spina said...

It's so true, isn't it? And what lovely recognition for your book. I can't wait to read it.

I ran into a friend and her 15yr old daughter at the bookstore yesterday and all I could do was keep repeating your name. Any one of her books, I said. Trust me. And it's true.

KFP said...

Today I send this flower—a burst of light, an otherworldly shimmer ...

Beautiful photograph, beautiful words of thanks to Mandy King and The Boulder Book Store. And yes, independent booksellers are so wonderful.

Solvang Sherrie said...

Excellent! You are quite the prolific writer. Isn't this your third release in less than a year? Wow, just wow!

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