Incredible U.S. Bookstores


(Photo from Northshire Bookstore, Vermont)

I’ve posted lists before of the most incredible bookstores in the world. But alas, most of us will never have the opportunity to travel to all those countries to see these wonders. So here’s a list of the best in the U.S., giving us a more likely chance to see them. Check out the photos, you know you’ll love actually going to these places and touching the books.

19 Beautiful Bookstores You Need to Visit in America

Bart’s Books, Ohai, CA

Faulkner House Books, New Orleans, LA

The Writer’s Block, Las Vegas, NV

Idlewild Books, New York City, NY

The Montague Book Mill, Montague, Massachusetts

Baldwin Book Barn, West Chester, PA

Brattle Book Shop, Boston, Massachusetts

City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco, CA

BookBar, Denver, CO

Dickson Street Bookshop, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Oxford Exchange, Tampa, FL

Armadillo’s Pillow, Chicago, IL

Book Loft of German Village, Columbus, OH

(Rosemary, I’m going to come visit! I hope German Village is like you portray it in your vampire book. Any other German Village places to recommend?)

Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar, Asheville, NC

Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, Vermont

Powell’s City of Books, Portland, OR

(They have several locations besides the giant main store. I LOVE Powell’s. When I very occasionally get back to visit friends in Portland, I spend a whole day book shopping and have to ship boxes home.)

Taylor Books, Charleston, WV

The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA

Housing Works Bookstore Café, New York City, NY

Bonus Content


Website Bonus Content Brings in the Readers!

This is something I bring up with authors a lot. You MUST have a website or blog, and you must keep it active, post new material. So what can you be putting out that will bring fans back to your site frequently? This article by Liz Edelstein at The Verbs suggests your bonus content can be:

  • Deleted scenes
  • Behind-the-scenes scoop
  • Series FAQ, relationship trees, and/or character interviews
  • Short stories or bridge stories
  • Teaser preview material

Oh, and not mentioned in the article, but don’t forget to have an e-newsletter to let your fans know about the new material on your site. Studies have shown over and over that the best way to reach people is by direct email.

Turn Your Website Up To 11 (with Bonus Content)

Turn Your Website Up to 11 (With Bonus Content)

I Don’t Sell!

So, I’ve been laid off, the company is closing for financial reasons. I’m actively job hunting, using, and Which means I’ve posted my resume (several versions) on those sites, for potential employers to find.

I’ve been inundated with emails, phone calls and text messages — by people who want me to sell insurance or financial plans. They all sound very scammy. I’m sure some are from non-US call centers–the callers have heavily accented English and I’ve gotten multiple calls that sound like they are from the same person and place but offering different “opportunities”. Oh, and the keyword is “human resources” — they all start by saying the job they want to discuss with me is in human resources.

Can I mention that absolutely nothing on my resume reflects any sales or marketing experience or skill? And I hate sales jobs, I think it is terrible to call people and try to entice them to buy insurance or any financial or investment plan. When people want such, they will contact companies. For the company to cold-call people is just an effort to sell them things they don’t need, to steal their money.

In discussing this with others, I hear the same story about their job searches. Apparently these companies just comb newly posted resumes on the job sites for anyone who looks like they’ve got any office or professional experience. Ugh, ick.

I need a job that earns me money. A commission-based income at a job for which I have no skill isn’t going to earn me anything because I won’t be able to sell anything.

So now I immediately reply, “I am interested only in full-time jobs with salary and benefits, nothing commission-based or in sales.” That gets the person to go away real quick.

Now if only I’d hear back from one of the REAL jobs I applied for…



This is something I talked to authors about a lot when they would suggest or submit a co-written book. That can be great for your inspiration and productivity and fresh voice, but it also entails a LOT of potential problems.

Do your writing techniques mesh? Can you handle blunt critiquing from your partner and others? What if you have major disagreements about the story or anything else? Who’s doing which tasks, not just in writing but all the related stuff–social media, marketing, contacting reviewers, and on and on? And who’s paying for that, or for an editor or cover artist? For that matter, how are you splitting the income? If one of you does more work than the other or takes on expenses, does that person get paid first out of income or get a bigger percentage?

And what about some catastrophic illness (or even death) that may prevent your co-author from completing her or his part of the project? What about the future–who inherits the rights eventually?

So before you and your best friend jump into that joint book, read this article and discuss all the points with each other. Or I guarantee you most likely will not be best friends by the time the book is done–if it ever is.

Co-Authors: Before You Tie the Knot

“The best way to improve the odds of a successful writing partnership is to take the time to put the collaboration agreement in writing up front.”