Why we choose #IndieBound #buylocalfirst

By Trace Hentz, BHB founder

It’s apparent that many many people buy books online for the convenience.  It’s one-click, one-stop shopping,  especially if its Amazon.
But consider the impact on small community book stores.  Wouldn’t you prefer to step in a bookstore instead?
We are conscious of Amazon’s marketing finesse, of course.  Like the graphic shows, lost jobs hurt all of us.

But we love this alternative! IndieBound! You can purchase our book titles direct on their website (and use paypal)! Or they find a local bookseller for you to visit or direct you to their website to make your purchase!


Stolen Generations is for sale there, with immediate delivery! LOOK

What is IndieBound?

A product of ongoing collaborations between the independent bookstore members of the American Booksellers Association, IndieBound is all about independent bookstores and the power of “local first” shopping.  Locally owned independent businesses pump money back into the their communities by way of taxes, payrolls and purchases.  That means more money for sound schools, green parks, strong police and fire departments, and smooth roads, all in your neighborhood.

Independent bookstores have always occupied a special place in communities.  Through IndieBound—and the Indie Next List flyers and Indie Bestseller Lists—readers find trusted bookseller curated reading options, newly discovered writers, and a real choice for buying.

IndieBound allows indie booksellers to communicate this vital role they play in their local economies and communities.  It allows authors to show their dedication to indies nationwide, easily done through linking to thousands of indie bookstores through IndieBound.org.  And it allows consumers to feel that their actions are a part of a larger picture—to know that their choices make a difference and that others are working toward the same goals.

Why support independents?

When you shop at an independently-owned business, your entire community benefits:
– Spend $100 at a local and $68 of that stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43.
– Local businesses create higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.
– More of your taxes are reinvested in your community–where they belong.
– Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.
– Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money to beautify your community.
– Local retailers are your friends and neighbors—support them and they’ll support you.
– Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains.
– More independents means more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community.

What are the Indie Next List & Bestsellers?

The monthly Indie Next List, drawn from bookseller-recommended favorite handsells, epitomizes the heart and soul of passionate bookselling. The weekly Indie Bestseller Lists are most current snapshot of what’s selling in indie bookstores nationwide.  View both lists online here at IndieBound.org, or check your local independent bookstore for printed versions.

Can I buy books on IndieBound.org?

There are two ways to purchase books through IndieBound.org: (1) The “Buy Now” button on every book page allows readers to purchase the book immediately, and the sale will support the entire network of independent bookstores. (2) By entering a zip code in the “Shop Local” box, readers will be able to choose from among the websites for a list of independent bookstores near them.  They will then be transferred to the selected store’s website to complete the purchase.

What criteria does a store have to meet to be listed on IndieBound.org?

All the stores that are listed on IndieBound.org are members of the American Booksellers Association.


I hope you will share this post widely on social media. Let’s support small local book stores and IndieBound.


Outside The (big publisher) Box

About Banksy: Books, Websites, & Forums on His Life & Art

Banksy’s art and the general controversy surrounding his work have had a remarkable effect on the world community. For the first time, a street artist has garnered the attention of the mainstream media, the art world, and the common person…not to mention other street artists.
[This is part seven in an eight-part series on Banksy Art and Graffiti.]

With all that attention focused on his actions, it’s only natural that admirers have formed casual groups revolving around Banksy. They get together virtually to share locations and photographs of Banksy pieces, compare thoughts on various pieces, and speculate about the legitimacy of works attributed to Banksy.

banksy graffiti removal hotline

(image via: Normko)

Some are well thought-out, intentional websites or sections of websites. Some are spontaneous discussions that pop up in the comments section of news stories or blog posts. And one is the official Banksy website, presumably endorsed by the artist himself. But whatever the source or origin, anything Banksy has a way of taking off and gaining huge popularity in no time at all.

Such was the case with Banksy’s self-published books. The first one, Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall, appeared in 2001. The short (54 pages) completely black-and-white book documents many pieces of Banksy art that will never be seen again. Since he was not “famous” at that time, most of his spray-can art was painted over or scrubbed off soon after it appeared. The pages of this book contain many otherwise-lost pieces of art, as well as the first words that most people had ever heard directly from Banksy. His humor and his critical take on the mainstream art world came through in the passages accompanying the art in the book.

The next Banksy book to be published was Existencilism in 2002. In color this time, the second book again displays Banksy’s irreverent sense of humor and reveals a little more of his history through personal stories, such as his prior training as a butcher. The pages contain more street art along with original drawings and paintings.

Cut it Out, published in 2004, was eagerly awaited by fans who had come to admire Banksy’s work. It was originally supposed to be published in 2003, but according to Banksy, “exciting legal reasons” were to blame for the delay. More photos are revealed in full color, including those of his adventures at various museums and several other pranks.

Wall and Piece, 2005, was the first Banksy-sanctioned book to be put out by a major publisher. Random House published this collection of old and new Banksy work, along with more of the graffiti guru’s trademark wit and social commentary. This is the first book of Banksy’s work to be released in hardcover, and at 192 pages it’s much longer than any of its predecessors.

Of course, Banksy isn’t the only one publishing books on Banksy. In 2006, Martin Bull published Banksy Locations and Tours: A Collection of Graffiti Locations and Photographs in London. It has since been re-released for 2007 and 2008. The pages contain somewhat of an alternative tour guide for London streets, naming street art and its locations. Although it focuses mainly on Banksy’s street art, mentions are also made of other notable graffiti by Faile, Shephard Fairey, Blek le Rat, and D*Face.

The most recent book to come out about Banksy is Banksy’s Bristol: Home Sweet Home by Steve Wright, which was published in 2007. This is perhaps the most comprehensive book on the formative years of the anonymous street artist.  A story is told in photographs about Bristol and the effect Banksy’s work has had on the city. It contains many never-before-seen photos of places and people who influenced Banksy’s earlier years.

banksy barely legal everyone will be anonymous

(image via: Beopenguin)

The websites, forums, and books about Banksy have all served to distribute his art to an ever-increasing audience. The ephemeral nature of street art is defied in the pages of books and in the multitude of photographs snapped by interested passers-by and later posted on the Internet.

Banksy Art and Graffiti 1: Introduction – Who is Banksy?

Banksy Art and Graffiti 2: Graffiti, Drawings and Stencils

Banksy Art and Graffiti 3: Tattoos, Photos and Prints

Banksy Art and Graffiti 4: Art Sold and For Sale

Banksy Art and Graffiti 5: Interviews, Films and Videos

Banksy Art and Graffiti 6: Best Quotes and Sound Bites

Banksy Art and Graffiti 7: Books, Forums and Websites

Banksy Art and Graffiti 8: Locations Around the World


Artists create. They instinctively know they should document their own work. How do we create our own world of art and books in Indian Country? Leave a comment… xox Trace

Simple Interior | Writing your book description (short)

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Our rez dog forgot the “s” on our logo!

By Trace Hentz, Blue Hand Books

I just received an email from Amazon concerning “How to create print and Kindle interiors in unison”  and how there is a new program to format books.  But there a large cost – $249.  That is one reason we use Pressbooks, it’s more affordable and creates three files of your book: epub, mobi and the pdf paperback. And an added bonus is the Table of Contents. And you get copies of these files so you can share with friends and do promotions!
“…CreateSpace has made bringing your book to print and digital faster and easier than ever with our new interior formatting service, Simple Interior, which transforms your Microsoft Word document into professionally designed paperback and Kindle interiors simultaneously.  Expand your readership, create a unified brand across print and digital, and save time with the help of Simple Interior…”

Learn more

Pitching your book: Writing the book description

By Louise Hathaway for Amazon/Create Space
Okay, you’ve just written the great American novel and can’t wait to release it to the world, then watch those royalties come streaming in. You’ve asked a friend to proofread it and give you constructive criticism. He thinks your book is really good. You may have even forked over $100 to a professional who designed a mind-blowing cover. “Who wouldn’t want to buy a book with a cover like that?” you ask yourself.

Stop. Take a deep breath. There’s one more make-or-break job you have to do: write a book description. That’s not as easy as it sounds, especially with publishers like Smashwords who limit the short description to only 400 characters. You may have a great long description, but you are going have to start deleting parts of it to fit into the short one. It can be very frustrating. I’ve seen some short descriptions where part of the last sentence is cut off. Obviously, the writer didn’t double-check it before publication.   Read more

Rachel Abbott: one U.K. author who’s selling millions

If you are an unpublished author dreaming of being discovered by thousands of readers, with a bit of hard work you can accomplish this dream. Take Rachel Abbott’s word for it: in 2011 she decided to go solo and self-publish her first novel through KDP. Five years and six novels later, Rachel has sold two million copies and is eager to share her experience with other aspiring writers.

Are you a reader / author who writes reviews?

Authors, you do want to read this asap

Phoenix Rainez

Click on the links in this post for more important information.

Amazon appears to use your social media connections to detect “relationships” with other reviewers or sellers that might indicate manipulation of reviews. Unfortunately, this system is imperfect, and often flags innocent accounts and prevents them from writing any reviews for particular sellers/products. When this happens, you will get a message that you are blocked from writing a review because you have a relationship with a seller.
Go, RIGHT NOW, and double-check your Amazon account to make sure they’re not linked.
1. Go to https://www.amazon.com/gp/socialmedia/settings.

If either Facebook or Twitter is connected, click “Disconnect from Amazon”.

2. Now check periodically to make sure they stay disconnected! These accounts have a funny way of relinking themselves (for example, Amazon reveals that they can be linked “when you participate in certain promotions”) without you realizing…

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