I’m home now, after a series of blowout events for Bad Blood in Scottsdale, Tempe, Cave Creek, Prescott, Denver, Portland, Mesa, Tucson and Palmer, Alaska. I heard this question almost everywhere I went, at bookstores, libraries, the ASU writers conference, the Tucson book festival:
How would I rather you read my novels, in print or as e-books?
I don’t care how you are reading, so long as you are reading. My feeling is that the more ways people can read books, the more books they will read.
However, it is actual bookstores selling actual books that host or co-host most author events, like this one:
This livestream is free, along with many other Poisoned Pen livestreamed events. You can watch as many of them as you want, as many times as you want, no charge.
Support the bookstore that gives you this experience free of charge by buying a book.
The only way to keep bookstores alive is to buy books from them. The only way to keep print books alive is to buy them from the bookstores who stock them and host events for the authors. Bookstores are why I’m still published in print.
I wouldn’t have seen you in Tucson and Portland and Denver and Scottsdale and Palmer and Prescott without a bookstore hosting or co-hosting the event.
I’ll always be there for you in e. I’d like to always be there for you in print, too.
(Full disclosure: I also buy them on Amazon.com and at Barnes & Noble in Anchorage.
I know. I have a problem. One day at a time.)
The Poisoned Pen is my go-to mystery bookstore. They also have a NYT bestseller display up front, TOP curates a nice bookshelf of fantasy and science fiction, and they’ll order anything else you want. Join one of their book clubs. Subscribe to their newsletter. I frequently yank books right off their Staff Picks bookshelf.
When I get a yen for fantasy and science fiction, I go to Patrick Heffernan at Mysterious Galaxy. He posts reviews here. Seldom does he sell me a book I don’t love, or at the very least learn from.
At home, I get my books from the Homer Bookstore. Another great small town bookstore with a terrific staff who actually read the books they are selling, who know their customers and what we like, and who will call me in if you want me to sign a book for you.
Feel free to add your own favorite bookstores in the comments below,
and please do support them by buying books!