Little Shop of Stories in downtown Decatur is among a select list of “Best Indie Bookstores” around the country. Little Shop bookseller and store manager, Justin Colussy-Estes, took the night off to discuss the relationship between independent bookstores and authors, self-publishing, and give us insight into “what sells.”
My notes from our conversation with Justin follow (unless otherwise noted):
On independent bookstores, YA and KidLit: As an author, it is important to understand that all independent bookstores are different. Their differences is what makes them thrive. Independent bookstores understand who they are, and who they are within their community. They are successful when they own that identity.
Recently, there has been an explosion of independent and children’s bookstores. The ones that do well are the ones that know their community and have a very clear identity.
As a children’s bookstore, when we open a catalog to place and order, we have an instinct about what will do well.
What does this mean for authors?