One Writer’s Journey

September 16, 2013

Sherman Alexie and Author Handselling Day

Sherman Alexie has a great idea on how to sell his book and yours as well.

Because this will take some phone calls for all of you to pull off, I thought I’d give you the nudge now.

What are your plans for November 30, 2013?  That’s the Saturday after Thanksgiving here in the U.S.  It is also known as Small Business Saturday on which buyers are encouraged to spread some of their spending around small businesses as well as the megastores at which they do so much of their Christmas shopping.

Sherman Alexie already has plans and he’s encouraging other authors to follow his lead.  He wants us to take some time that particular Saturday to handsell our books at our local independent bookstores.  In a letter to his fellow authors, Alexie said, “We book nerds will become booksellers. We will make recommendations. We will practice nepotism and urge readers to buy multiple copies of our friends’ books. Maybe you’ll sign and sell books of your own in the process. I think the collective results could be mind-boggling (maybe even world-changing).” Alexie is calling his plan “Indies First.”

The American Booksellers Association knows a great idea when they see one and you can sign up on the website page they have set up.  This celebration, where both authors and booksellers can sign up.

How about it?  Why not call your local indie and see what you can arrange?  I’m sure Vicki at Main Street Books would welcome you with a smile on her face and a stack of books on the counter.



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