Post by Marja McGraw (with a bit of Sunny's help)This economy is getting to many of us. A lot of people are foregoing vacations, not to mention something as simple as going on a weekly outing to the movies. The new couch you wanted? That’s a purchase you might have to put off. Plenty of people are out of work, and many can’t seem to find a job. Wow! Am I ever the Voice of Doom today!Can’t take that vacation? Buy a good book.
Stories can take us away for a while. Fiction can be a great escape from everyday drama. Travel books might give you a look at the place you would have gone if things had turned out differently. Do you have a subject you’ve always been interested in but never studied? Now’s the time. Try a non-fiction book. If my life had turned out differently I think I would have studied archaeology. At the very least I can read some books about the subject.
Okay, let’s get real. For some of us, even buying a book can be more than our current budget can withstand. Of course, there are free ebooks, and very low-priced ebooks. That’s one option, but there are others. While I enjoy ebooks, I also still appreciate holding a paper book in my hands. I have favorite authors whose books I’d like to display in my bookcase. So here are a few ideas. You can save up and buy that much-anticipated book when you’ve got enough quarters in the piggy bank. Or, and this is interesting, you can sometimes buy a book for less money if you go directly to the publisher. There was a time when I never would have thought of visiting the publisher’s website and buying a book there. This is particularly true of smaller publishers like Oak Tree Press.
I’m an avid reader when I have the time. I love a good book, especially those that make me forget I have chores and things waiting for me. I might be able to see the dusty furniture or impatient family member in my peripheral vision, but they’ll just have to wait. How rude of me, right? Every so often I read a real page-turner, and I’ll read until my eyes cross or someone throws themselves at my feet begging for attention. There are discount bookstores, used bookstores, and yard sales if that’s what it takes. You might think, “But if my book sells at a used book store, I won’t see any royalties for it.” True, but if someone buys your used book and enjoys it, chances are they’ll look for more by you at a new bookstore or through the publisher – or maybe Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Here’s another tip. If you read a book that really grabs you, talk about it. Tell your friends and family. For a writer, there’s no better publicity than word-of-mouth. Blab. Yak. Tell everyone about the latest great book you read. Review it anywhere that reviews can be left by individuals. Talk it up.I’ve seen commercials about getting away from it all by purchasing products like coffee or bath oil, or something like that. For me? All it takes is a good book. Is it worth cutting corners or taking the extra step of going to a publisher’s website to find the books we enjoy? It is to me.
What’s your thought, or do you have suggestions of your own?Find a good book and get away for a while. Just for a little bit, forget that unpaid bill lying on the kitchen counter. Remember what Scarlett said in Gone with the Wind about tomorrow being another day. Just give yourself a short break and enjoy the day.Marja McGrawBogey NightsBogey’s Ace in the Hole