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Indie Publishing, meet Indie Bookstores

Yep, the slow grind of self-marketing continues, and the spiderwebs keep growing...so lookout.  Took a trip into Northwestern Pa, and it really is God's country.  Found some wonderful bookstores; and yes, they knew I was coming.  Despite the cost of gas, I feel really good about seeing my books on actual shelves.  I'm nowhere near done with this, and sooner than later, will hit the bigboys (B&N, books-a-millon, Borders, ect) and they all have their requirements.  Actual paperwork. Yuck.  I'll let the Indie thing take hold first.

The most noticeable thing about these Indie stores, without exception, are the friendly people that work there; owners usually, and a cat or two.  And lots of good conversation.  Funny how book-lovers make such nice people.  Rosie's in DuBois had comfy outdoor furniture, inside; and it was so nice when the owner, Sherry, invited us to sit and chat.  Mary at Book Nook in Punxsutawney was a wealth of information.  And Kathlyn, who owns the incredible Erie Book Store, (please visit if in the area) has also one of the most famous cats in Erie County.  Then Werner Books in Erie is also a wonderful store with a large local writer's section.

I haven't even mentioned some earlier visits; Penguin Books in Sewickley (west of Pittsburgh),  Red Barn in Greensburg, (it was really a barn...I think), and the quaint Read's Ink in Vandergrift...and another cat.  This was the unexpected part of my book ventures -- the nice people I meet.

I have to say it.  Folk like writers!


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