Indie Bound!

As I wrote in my last post, I’m really thinking about what it takes to be an individual in an increasingly homogenized world.  Evidence would suggest I’m not the only one (“People say I’m a dreamer…”).  So, although I don’t live in a place that has an Occupy Wall Street protest, or that would have any impact if it did (local population around 3000), I will be striking my own small blow against our current corporate culture by doing my best to support local, independent businesses.  I already bank at a locally-owned institution, shop at a locally-owned grocery store, and frequent as many main-street businesses as I can.  This year, however, I’m going to try even harder.  Sorry, Wal-Mart–I have forsaken you.

By far my favorite local enterprise to support, however, is my fantastic local independent bookstore, Beagle Books.  Jen Geraedts and Sally Wizik Wills, who own and manage the store (as well as the equally wonderful Sister Wolf Books, open only in the summer) have done an amazing job of promoting my book and supporting me as a writer.  I am truly indebted. 

Now, for the first time, it is possible for people to buy Breaking the Glass online from Beagle Books (or from your favorite independent bookstore) through IndieBound  which is “a community-oriented movement begun by the independent bookseller members of the American Booksellers Association. It brings together booksellers, readers, indie retailers, local business alliances, and anyone else with a passionate belief that healthy local economies help communities thrive. Supporting local, indie businesses means that dollars, jobs, diversity, choice, and taxes stay local, creating strong, unique communities and happy citizens.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.  As we begin the march toward our busiest consumer season, please join me in doing your best to support local independent businesses with your words and your dollars.

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P.S.  Buying Breaking the Glass directly from the publisher, Loonfeather Press, using this order form  is still a great way to get the book and support a local independent small press. However, I wanted people to have an online buying option, too.

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