Amid the uncertainty of a worldwide pandemic, many Houstonians have found themselves aching to be transported from the monotony of a socially-distanced, work-from-home routine. Maybe we yearn to be touched in a time where human contact has become taboo. Maybe we simply want to educate ourselves about the social unrest present in our streets. Regardless of the motivation, people find refuge in the solace of loved hobbies and comforting tales. While real-time adventures may have to wait a while, books are ready to fill the gap that disease has created between us. While you’re at it, why not support an independent bookstore in need of our patronage? Here’s a few Houston treasures worth checking out.
We’ve been spending a lot of time at home these days and you know what that means: more time to read! While quarantine and social distancing measures pose no problem for fans of e-readers, other book nerds might be missing the days when you could aimlessly wander the bookstore aisles.
Are you looking to get your hands on a new (or used) book and support small businesses in the process? Read on for our top tips on buying books during the age of COVID-19.
There’s a hidden layer to publishing--one that doesn’t get nearly all the glitz and glamour that the front-facing publishing companies do. Publishing companies may be the ones who create the finished product, but it’s their lesser-known cousin, the book distribution company, that actually ensures the book sees the light of day.
If you’re in a traditional publishing deal, then most likely your publisher has a distribution company they work with already. For example, Night Heron Media works with Small Press United and Ingram Content Group through the Independent Publishers Group.
If you’ve self-published, though, book distribution is a different beast--and it’s one worth putting some thought and effort into.
Black lives matter. In the weeks since George Floyd’s death, some strides have been made at various levels towards supporting that statement, but racism is systemic, and it has a long history. The work that has just been getting started needs to be sustained in the long run in order for there to be lasting change, and it starts with the individual. So, as readers, as writers, as lovers of the written word, what can you do to support the BLM movement? We have three ideas.
If there was a word we could pick for 2020, it would be resilience. The Coronavirus pandemic has caused us all to adjust, to innovate, to create, to pause. Our resilience in the face of a global crisis is evident, and it is a beautiful thing to witness. Sometimes, though, it can be difficult to find inspiration or motivation. There is no doubt that this is hard, which is why we’ve put together a list of ten books that will inspire you. Regardless of age, genre, or interest, this list has a book for you!
As healthcare professionals battle COVID-19 across the world, many of us are stuck at home, either working from home or studying through online classes. For the safety of ourselves and others, the best way for us to help is to continue practicing social distancing.
However, even for bookworms, reading all by your lonesome can get a bit monotonous when faced with being home for extended periods of time. To help, we’ve compiled a list of things book lovers can do while staying at home!
You’ve finally written the next great American novel, or at least your version of it. The book you know needed to be written, the book that you know will help everyone who reads it, the book that makes a difference, the book that you wished you had had a long time ago. You’ve finally done it. Now what?
You get it published. I know, I know, easier said than done. That’s why we’re here to help! We’ve compiled a list of five things we think you should know about getting your work published.