I love our little bookstore. The biggest drawback is that it is rather little; our overstock quickly spilled over to our home office, dining room, and basement. But I can't emphasize enough how awesome it is to have so much reading material right at my fingertips. (The downside is we can't have company over for dinner in the dining room anymore, but I was never much of a socialite anyway.) I can't remember the last time I was this happy.
But owning your own business is hard. We've missed holidays and birthdays and nephews' baseball games and nieces' dance recitals. We've lost sleep over how to pay the electric bill and the rent. We've had author events cancelled due to blizzards and illness. We've even had a puppy piddle on our carpet.
Why am I going into all this now? Because, quite frankly, we've had a terrible month. I'm not sure if it's due to the rise of the Kindle or the impending cicada invasion, but June has been our worst sales month so far (yep, even worse than February, believe it or not!) So I'm asking everyone I can think of to help support our bookstore.
How can you help? The easiest way, of course, would be to stop by and buy some books. We'd love to see you, and as I mentioned, sometimes you can't shut me up when I'm talking about a good book. If we're too far away, check out our Amazon storefront and see if we have any titles up there you might be interested in. Or visit our website at www.booksandboos.com to see other titles we carry.
Perhaps you're a Kindle reader, and don't like to buy physical books anymore. In that case, please consider donating to us directly by either visiting our donations page or PayPalling us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donating is the only way to guarantee that I won't chastise you for owning a Kindle.
I can't thank our friends, family, casual acquaintances, and total strangers enough for your support.
And I promise to be funny again next week.