On the Shelves
J. Dianne Dotson – Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer – On the Shelves

This cool, foggy morning, I am reflecting in gratitude about a whirlwind of events and the latest hallmark of them. All of those events resulted from the publication almost 5 months ago of Heliopause: The Questrison Saga: Book One

This week, I am pleased to announce that Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse in La Cañada Flintridge in Los Angeles County has copies of my book on their shelves for purchase. It is also a local author featured title on their website!

As a self-published, independent science fiction author, the response to the release of my book perpetually delights me. An indie author, as opposed to a traditionally published author, must do all the footwork involved in the process of publishing a book. Even getting a book written is a monumental task. Publishing it is a whole other animal, and requires significant time and money on the part of the indie author. If you are considering self-publishing, I strongly recommend you consider the many factors involved. You’ll have to do the legwork, the promotion, everything.

But! I did all these things, and with the constant encouragement from good friends and other authors (both traditionally and self-published), and the power of social media, I feel so pleased to be where I am right now. I have had multiple book signings at independent bookstores, a comic shop, and Indie Author Day. My book will be showcased in the San Diego Public Library and will be available for checking out. I will also have a Reading and Book Signing at Mission Hills Library on November 3rd! These are all beyond fabulous!

I also want to give a shoutout to the value of independent bookstores. Stores like Warwick’s Books, Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, Green Apple Books, Verbatim Books, and Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse have all placed my book on their shelves! To me, this is remarkable. What it took? I asked the store book purchasers. I promoted my book carefully, provided all the essential information about it, and pitched my novel to book purchasers. If you have been on the fence about trying this with your local bookstores, wait no more! You might get declined (I did with some stores!), but it sure doesn’t hurt to ask. And if you get a yes? Well, see the pic in the banner of this post. It’s so worth it!

This is something I will never tire of seeing. I am so grateful to bookstores, and especially independent bookstores, for giving indie authors a chance to have actual copies of books on their shelves. There really is nothing like this feeling! And one day, I hope to add more books to those shelves. That’s a pretty good incentive when I have to stay up late to write, and my eyes droop the next day. For I will always brighten when I see my book on the shelves, where readers can find it and begin their own new journeys.

Image Credit: Photo of Heliopause: The Questrison Saga: Book One by Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse 2018.