Bright of the Sky author Kay Kenyon has just returned from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association trade show in Portland, Oregan.
As she writes, "Recent reports of the death of independent booksellers are way overstated. I just came back from a trade show of independent booksellers, and I can testify that hundreds of its members would be greatly surprised to learn that they are dead."
Here is Kay at a well-attended signing:
And here is Kay with Janet Lee Carey, YA author of Dragon's Keep.
Kay says, "80% of all books are still bought in brick and mortar bookstores--so no, it's really, really, not all online these days. You might not have much influence on the clerk at the big box store, so if you're an author, I say get to know your local indies." For those in her neck of the woods, she recommends A Book For All Seasons in Leavenworth, WA and Village Books in Bellingham, WA.