The Best Books to Read This Halloween : Indie Edition

The Best Books to Read This Halloween : Indie Edition

It's time to get spooky, y'all. Whether you're in the mood for witches, ghosts or ghouls, here are a few indie books that will have you hiding under your covers all night long. 

P.S. I hate scary stuff, so I wouldn't be caught dead with a few of these titles in my library, but I can cheer them on from my safe, happy place.

The Best Summer Indie Books of 2016

The Best Summer Indie Books of 2016

Let's just get this out of the way. No, not all of these books were published this summer. Yes, these were books I purchased in summertime. Yes, you can read them whenever because books aren't seasonal. (Plus, it's September, but it feels like July, so that counts, right?) 

Okay, allow me to introduce you to your new favorite books. 

Three Writing Lessons I Learned from Hamilton the Musical

Three Writing Lessons I Learned from Hamilton the Musical

Let's be real here: I want to be in the room where it happens. AKA I need to get myself a ticket to Hamilton, so if you in some way have a connection, I'm willing to write a whole book in your honor.

That's on record now. You read it here first.

If you're thinking to yourself what is Hamilton, then I give you permission to slap yourself in the face with a wet noodle. Now that we've gotten that over with, here's your synopsis: Hamilton is the greatest musical created in my lifetime by Lin Manuel Miranda: genius, actor, writer, composer, you name it.

The Future of Print Books: Why They're A Secret Self-Publishing Weapon

The Future of Print Books: Why They're A Secret Self-Publishing Weapon

Have you read the articles? You know the ones. They say that print publishing is dying, and that e-books are all the rage. They say that self-publishers shouldn't even bother with print books anymore, that they're a waste of time. I admit that I've believed them before. 

Here's the thing: maybe print books don't work for everyone. Maybe e-readers are the future. But let's take a look at this logically. If print books are dead, why is Amazon opening physical bookstores? Why are independent bookstores thriving? While there are many reasons, I'd like to sum it up in a word: experience. 

As our lives move more and more toward the virtual, people are craving the tangible even more. We love the experience of an independent bookstore. We love the experience of finding our favorite book on the shelves. So, if you're thinking of discounting the print book, I'd take a closer look first.