I’m taking a moment to thank and give a shout out to the small businesses that carry my books. I am a bit picky about what stores I reach out to with my books, so these are all businesses that I support and encourage others to check out:
This is the only store to currently carry 3 of my books: Welcome to Motherhood, No Place Like Earth, and What Do You Do with a Doodleloo. They carry both used and new items, and staff is always welcoming and ready to help you make a selection, or simply allow you to browse. There are toys out for kids to play with and a nice selection of reasonably-priced toys and books. They also offer free gift wrap. Their earth-friendly approach of selling used items (and asking for donations of bags, etc.) is a great fit for my picture books, and I’m happy to have them available here.
The nature center is a great spot for enjoying nature, inside and out. You can easily make a day of it, picnicking, seeing their outdoor animals, playground, and nature trails. Now that my daughter is old enough, we really enjoy the story walk. What you may not know is there are also indoor exhibits as well as a gift shop. So, while this is a non profit, and not exactly a small business, I wanted to mention it here as a place to support. The manor house has been under going some renovations, but when they are up and running, it is worth a visit any time of year. The gift shop currently has No Place Like Earth, and may take in Doodleloo when they reopen.
I wouldn’t normally consider Barnes and Noble to be a small business, but this location is a little different from the others. From opening day, they have welcomed me as a local author (which is not always the case for an unknown like myself). They have hosted me at two events thus far, one was a mom’s night out for my Welcome to Motherhood book, and the other a local author’s fair where all 4 of my books were available for sale. They have since decided to carry No Place Like Earth, and it is on display on their local authors shelf at the front of the store. Stop in for a drink (yes, this is the Barnes and Noble that has alcohol), a bite to eat, check out the beautiful outdoor patio, and support your local authors!
This is a great store that has a variety of gift items in addition to books and a cafe. The cafe has games available for kids and adults to play while relaxing with a drink or snack. I did a laid back reading of Welcome to Motherhood and No Place Like Earth, and both of these books are available for sale at the store. This was the furthest I’ve traveled for a reading thus far, but it was worth the trip to read at the same store that once hosted the great J.K. Rowling!
Books make a great gift, and at all of these locations with the exception of the Barnes and Noble, the copies of my books are signed.
If you’d like not just a signed copy, but one that’s personalized for the recipient, visit me at the Eastchester Library’s Book Festival Sunday 12/10/17 from 2:00-4:00, just in time for the holidays.
A bit further down the line, I’ll also be doing a PJ storytime at the YWCA in White Plains…Tuesday 3/13/18 at 6:30.
In addition to being an author, I also have my own small business. (Are authors in themselves small business owners? I sure feel like one!) My other business is a store on Teachers Pay Teachers. Before focusing on writing full time, I was a teacher. This site is a great resource for teachers who are looking for new ideas or are working parents with not a lot of time to plan lessons, make up exams, and otherwise find resources. My items start at under $2, and I’m proud to say I have almost a perfect 4 star rating based on almost 50 reviews.
Happy holidays and happy shopping!