Creating an Indie Author-Bookstore Symbiosis

Author Shaun McLaughlinGuest Post
by Shaun J. McLaughlin

When I began as an indie author early in 2012, I felt an affinity to indie bookstores. After all, we both struggle against the book industry establishment. Because I wanted a hometown outlet for printed versions of my books, I collaborated early with Mill Street Books. It serves Almonte, a town of 4,200 west of Ottawa, Canada, and a surrounding rural community of fewer than 10,000 others. In two years, that one store has sold 115 paperback copies combined of my three books. It is a profitable symbiotic relationship.

Symbiosis n: any interdependent or mutually beneficial relationship

Mill Street Books always supports local authors. Owners Mary and Terry Lumsden showed immediate enthusiasm for the idea of a joint book launch. Continue reading “Creating an Indie Author-Bookstore Symbiosis”

Flash Fiction Vote: Pick Your Fave

Heart ButtonIt’s Wednesday, and you know what that means. It is decision time. There are lots of great entries to choose from in this week’s challenge. Which one will prevail? That’s up to you! Look them over and cast your vote.

You can check out this week’s entries here. Make your choice, then use those share buttons at the bottom of the post to spread the word.

Voting polls close Thursday at 5 PM Pacific time.

Which author penned your favorite flash fiction entry this week?

  • AV Carden (33%, 21 Votes)
  • Yvonne Hertzberger (21%, 13 Votes)
  • AL Kaplan (17%, 11 Votes)
  • Jon Jefferson (14%, 9 Votes)
  • DW Davis (8%, 5 Votes)
  • Sue Jochens (3%, 2 Votes)
  • PJ LaRue (2%, 1 Votes)
  • MathoSkaChikala (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Shannon Phillips (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 63

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NOTE: Entrants whose submissions exceed the 250 word limit are eliminated from the poll.

Five More Titles for February

Five more titles for February!

True Colors 120x177True Colors by Melissa Pearl

A sweet romance with a sinister twist. What if you could suddenly see behind people’s masks? Dark secrets carry dangerous consequences.

True Colors (The Mask Series #1) is available through, Smashwords, and Amazon UK.

Purple Girl 120x177The Purple Girl by Audrey Kane

This adventure book for young readers highlights the life of Violet, a purple-skinned girl whose purple spreads to everything she touches…

The Purple Girl is available through and Amazon UK.

Burning Through 120x177Burning Through by Melissa Bowersock

When a woman discovers she shares her Victorian home with a fire-setting ghost, she and a sympathetic fire captain work to unravel the mystery.

Burning Through is available at and Amazon UK.

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500 Miles to Go 120x177500 Miles to Go by J. Conrad Guest

A love story that touches four decades, 500 Miles to Go is about the importance of, and the risks associated with, the pursuit of dreams.

500 Miles to Go is available at, Smashwords, and Amazon UK.

Day we said goodbye 120x177The Day We Said Goodbye by Ken La Salle

What do you do when your father is losing his life just as you are losing your mind? The Day We Said Goodbye – available in eBook and audio.

The Day We Said Goodbye is available at and Amazon UK.