Recent reports of the death of independent booksellers are Way overstated. I just came back from a trade show of independent booksellers, and I can testify that hundreds of its members would be greatly surprised to learn that they are dead.
The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association trade show in Portland was a chance for me to give away advanced reader copies of Bright of the Sky to independent booksellers, see the publishers’ exhibits, chat with distributors (something authors seldom get to do) and learn about new publishers setting up shop. I got to brag a bit about the great reviews I’ve been getting, including Booklist:
“In a fascinating and gratifying feat of worldbuilding, Kenyon unfolds the wonders and dangers of the Entire and an almost-Chinese culture that should remain engaging throughout what promises to be a grand epic, indeed.”
Below, I’m with Janet Lee Carey, YA author of Dragon’s Keep.