I happened upon a local book store in the Village of Oak Creek, Sedona, AZ and wandered inside to find an independent author sitting for a book signing.
I was struck by the importance of the works written by independent authors, published by independent publishers and carried by small book stores.
In the past, the large publishers owned the market and without a publisher and literary agent, an author could not hope to get their works on the shelves of libraries or book stores.
Today, we, as a culture can share information and thoughts with others through social media, blogs, email, and all manner of channels. Today, independent publishers make it possible for an author to release works without a major publishing contract or a literary agent. BUT, it does cost money. It also costs money to keep a library open and to run a book store.
The next time you want to find a new book, go to your local book store and buy one, instead of buying from a large retailer, or visit your local library and check out a book!
The next time you are looking for something interesting to read, look for an independently published author. Find a book that appeals to you and buy it. Support and listen to the voices of independent authors and businesses. You will find new joy in reading and in your passion for books, new ideas and thoughts and the power of the individual!