James Patterson-Walking the Walk

James Patterson is a hero to the literary cause. I’m sure by now you have heard of Mr. Patterson’s generous gift of $1,000,000 to Indie bookstores. He is being called “Daddy Warbucks”, and I think it is appropriate, don’t you? A million dollars of Patterson’s own money will help expand literacy outreach programs, and be distributed to 50 bookstores. This gift will allow something close to my heart, the continuation of these businesses. I, for one, would be lost without the feel of paper in hand.

I can only hope that other successful authors will follow in Patterson’s footsteps. In a changing world, it is up to all of us to keep literacy alive. I wonder who will be next to contribute coffers to keep the dream alive?


I am re-posting this from PW Children’s Bookshelf. Since the tides are changing, it is important to support all avenues for Indie authors.

‘Half Nelsons’: A Pitch for Indie Support


On January 5, Mrs. Nelson’s Toy & Book Shop in La Verne, Calif., closed its doors for the last time, but the Nelson name lives on in a Facebook proposal from Patrick Carman, author of the Pulse trilogy among others, for a “truce” with Amazon. While acknowledging the appeal of Amazon’s pricing and speedy door-to-door delivery system, he asks people to split their purchases into a “Half Nelsons” by buying only half their books from Amazon and the other half from their local independent or an independent on IndieBound.com.

“There is nothing like getting a hot drink and stepping into Book and Game, my local bookstore, where I know the owner and the manager and I can browse for something new,” wrote Carman in support of bricks-and-mortar indies. “It’s an important part of our town that helps make Walla Walla feel like home.”

Carman’s campaign hasn’t sparked a movement yet. But it has drawn the attention of, for one, author and editor David Levithan, who reposted it on his Facebook page.