Online Indie Bookstore Sales – Want Some?

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Novelist Chuck Wendig reminded authors to support indie bookstores this week in a passionate post.

Below, we’ve outlined five ways authors can add links to independent bookstores on their websites, mostly using the IndieBound service. Wendig did not tell authors to stop linking to Amazon, but reminded all writers to at least include a link to their favorite bookstores.

Check it out:
Indie bookstores are vital. [Emphasis is mine. NQ] The best of them connect authors and readers and foster a book-lover’s community in a way that Amazon never can and never will. They can compete with Amazon on a level that Amazon will never understand — like insurgent freedom fighters pushing back a militarily-superior enemy. Indie bookstores will hand-sell the holy hell out of your books. They are active agents promoting things they love and authors they dig — they are not the passive Amazon recommendation engine. They’re people! Who love books! Maybe your books! How is that a bad thing? So: link to Indiebound, will ya? And if you have a favorite indie bookstore, link to them, too.

5 Ways Authors Can Sell Through Indie Bookstores Online

1. Add a simple link on your site: Use the IndieBound search, find your book and copy the link.
2. Sign up as an IndieBound Affiliate: Sign up here to use IndieBound as a way to sell books on your site.
3. Add a Book Widget to your site: If you are an affiliate, you can build one at the IndieBound Widget Workshop.
4. Share the Indie Bookstore Finder with your readers: Use this handy online map to help readers discover a local indie bookstore.
5. Remind your readers How To Buy eBooks at Your Favorite Indie Bookstore.

We’re going to look at some of these articles for the next few posts – see you here on Sunday when we look at how our readers can buy e-books at their favorite Indie Bookstore! Keep reading and writing. Nancy Q.


About NL Quatrano

Award-winning author, speaker, editor and ghost writer, Nancy owns a full-time editing, writing and specialty publishing business: On-Target Words/WC Publishing. Volunteer/member of professional writing organizations including Florida Writers Assoc., Sisters in Crime, and AWAI. 2010 Professional Woman of the Year by the NAPW. Linked in Editor Pick May 2013. International Women's Leadership Association nominee for Outstanding Leadership 2014.
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2 Responses to Online Indie Bookstore Sales – Want Some?

  1. Jack Owen says:

    I always read your features…maybe not immediately, but in an insomnia hour or so…and as a former (antiquarian) bookseller impacted by Amazon’s race-to-the-bottom pricing tactics – like the ‘link to an Indie’ concept.
    So, I will be following and trying to implement your suggestions.
    What really sparked this [this is ‘the story’ buried in the third paragraph as my old news editor would say] reply is your regular ‘sign-off’ comment: “See you Sunday”.
    What does IT mean ?
    Church ladies selling brownies after the service ?
    A group of gossamer-clad nymphs dancing Isadora Duncan style through the graveyard?
    Writerly types defending the placement of their particular punctuation?
    Do tell – and I’ll pencil it in ;^D

    • NL Quatrano says:

      Sorry, Jack! I post to this blog on Sundays and Wednesdays – so that was just a reminder that there will be a new blog on Sunday and that I hope you’ll stop by for that one, too! HOWEVER, I love your ideas more – Especially the gossamer-clad nymphs….you are such a treasure, my friend!

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