For instance, I have a friend, my best friend who I met in Junior High (32 years ago ... holy cow) and she's horribly hard to buy for. She's a voracious reader -- especially horror novels and thrillers, so it makes it hard to actually buy her books because I don't know what she already has. BUT, she's completely unaware of the entire Indie/Small Press thing (except for my book, of course). So this year? We toured a self-published thriller / suspense author (Gordon Kessler) and his books are excellently written and are right up her alley. I would never have known he existed if we hadn't run his tours. And, no, she doesn't read my blog.
I've found books for DD via some YA authors and blogs. Books for friends. It's been great. And the best part? Because I actually interact with most of these authors, I can get my friends and family autographed copies. :-)
BTW, folks... never be too shy to email an author and find out if there is a way to get autographed copies. One of my reviewers, who's been around since the site started, needed an extra special four year anniversary gift from us. So we contacted one of her fave authors, Carrie Vaughn. This reviewer is a HUGE fan of her Kitty books.
We never had any experience working with this author. She didn't know us from Adam (or maybe that should be Eve). Even so, we were told exactly how to go about getting personalized, autographed books -- an entire set! -- for our reviewer.
By and large (with only some exceptions) authors, all authors -- even the really big name ones -- are very cool.
So, are books on your Christmas shopping list? Any suggestions?
You Should Hail a Cab in NYC
Your life feels empty without lots of people in it. You make new friends everywhere you go.
You live in the fast lane. You love action, risk, and competition.
Deep down you are a wild child. You definitely have a manic side.
You are very animated and energetic. People find you dazzling and charming.
HAHAHAHA... not so much. Maybe, maybe 25% right.