Saturday, April 16, 2011

Sunday Salon - April 17


If your name is Timothy Schaffert, and you've been Googling your name recently, you've found a lot to read about yourself and your book, The Coffins of Little Hope. Omaha author Schaffert's name has been appearing all over the book world this week with the publication of his fourth book, which I reviewed last week, by my favorite indie publisher, Unbridled Books. The New York Times reviewed The Coffins of Little Hope this week and mentioned that you could pick up Schaffert's previous books for as little as a penny a piece. As much as I dislike Amazon, I headed straight over to their site to see about getting all three of the previous books. Then a feeling of guilt overcame me. I'm all for shopping for books in the clearance bins but if I'm really committed to supporting an author, how am I helping him/her if I'm buying a used copy of a book for one cent? Instead I headed to my local indie bookstore, The Bookworm, where I got the chance to listen to Schaffert read several chapters from the book and answer questions. Then I went a paid full price for his first novel, supporting both a local writer, an indie bookstore and an indie publisher all in one purchase.



Dzanc Books, another indie book publisher also had wonderful things to say about Unbridled Books and their commitment to their authors.

9 comments:

  1. Good for you, Lisa! I try to do this too...when I can afford it. =O)

    I received my Jane Eyre prize pack and they gypped me on the bookmark...my most favorite thing. =O( Oh well, I loved everything else! Thanks again!

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  2. Cool experience!! We have an indie bookstore close to my house but I admit I just can't stomach the full prices when I can go to Borders (also struggling so I don't feel so guilty) or Half Price Books and pay less. But, I'd definitely feel the same as you if at an author event. Curious about Schaffert now!

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  3. I'm so happy to see that some people can do this. I wish that I lived in a place and had the resources to support artists and causes that mean a lot to me, but with the last year it's so not happening. I do, however, support the heck out of our library!

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  4. Aren't you good?! You are right, too. I agree. It is important to support authors.

    Here's my Sunday Salon for today. Hope you will stop by.

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  5. Win, win, win!

    It must have been great to be in that audience, and to talk to Timothy Schaffert. I, too, loved THE COFFINS OF LITTLE HOPE (that Unbridled Books on the spine is like the "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval!"), will be reviewing it later this week.

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  6. Yes, here's to supporting authors! Thanks for sharing....

    Here's MY SUNDAY SALON POST

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  7. What a conscientious bibliophile you are! I try to do the same and purchase books new so that some of the money goes back to the author but I'm afraid I can be persuaded by used books bargains every now and again.

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  8. Good for you!

    I'm an Unbridled fan too - happened upon The Coffins of Little Hope yesterday and I'm hoping to read it very soon.

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  9. Good for you! If we all did that once a month, the state of the book business would be in better shape!!! The 1 cent Amazon buy does nothing for the author. :(

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