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Working with Your Local Bookstore

We live in a digital world of pressing a button to order anything, including books. Does that mean traditional bookstores are obsolete? Of course not. Bookstore owners/managers can be an author’s friend and advocate in the community, but we, as writers, need to do our part in fostering that relationship.

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The Reader as Gatekeeper

How often do you think about selling your manuscript directly to the reader?  For many years, writers have been advised to compose query letters, which are intended to “sell” to the publisher.  We’ve also been told to market our creations to specific companies that publish books similar to ours. When