Monday, June 18, 2012
Posted by Lillie
But the best part was most definitely the homemade ice cream. I would get coffee ice cream and feel like a big girl because it was coffee. The owner knew me by name, and if I brought him dandelions I picked along the way, he would sometimes give it to me for free. I can still remember the taste of that ice cream, all cold and creamy on my tongue, and when topped with walnuts he soaked in maple syrup, even my beloved Ben & Jerry's couldn't compare.
I read something the other day on Facebook. (See, what did I tell you in my last article? You never know when something you post is exactly what someone needs.) It said something to the effect of: By supporting a Mom and Pop store, you are not buying a fifth house or a new yacht for a CEO, you are putting food on someone's table, helping them buy their kid's braces or pay their mortgage. It's the exact same thing with Indie publishers and their authors.
Now, I'm not so much of a hypocrite that I can't admit I would love to see my book stacked prominently on a table at Barnes and Noble one day -- you know, the ones they line around the railing on the second floor and you can't help but look at every one of them on your way to the section you're heading for. But I am proud to be an Indie-published author, and will tell you that probably seventy-five percent of the books I buy are online from Indie published authors like myself. If Josh Gates, Rick Riordan and Gordon Ramsay had gone with Indie publishers, that percentage would be even higher.
So the next time you're looking to buy a book, mosey on over to your friendly neighborhood Indie publisher's website and find yourself a gem. You might not be able to pay for it in dandelions, but you can feel good knowing you helped support not only someone's dream, but maybe even their family as well.
*pic provided courtesy of www.LittleVintageTrailer.com