A Perfect Time for Book Buying

One of Portland's cool bookshops.

One of my favorite bookish quotes comes from Erasmus: “When I have a little money, I buy books; and if any is left over, I buy food and clothes.” At this time of year, I like to remind everyone who writes that books and magazines make perfect gifts for everyone. And if those of us who love writing and books the most don’t support the industry, who will? And, yes, e-books and Kindles are now part of the wordsmith’s business and likely to remain so until the next form of publishing comes along. As Stephen Roxburgh likes to say, books, Kindles, PODs, etc. are simply “word buckets”. As writers, we create the content–the ambrosia that goes into the buckets–not the packaging. We are tellers of tales, not manufacturers, so if you want to buy e-content–go for it!

And if you’re like me and love nothing more than exploring in a great bookshop, make your holiday shopping more fun by visiting your favorite one in the next week. For some extra inspiration, take a look at this wonderful Web article about the most interesting bookshops you’re ever likely to see: http://webecoist.com/2010/11/19/apt-adaptation-10-cool-converted-bookstores/.

Happy holidays and lots of hugs to all of you, and thank you for being such a big part of making my year as a writing coach successful. Your writing is a gift to me and to all those kids who are going to read your stories!


About kimgriswell

I'm an author, an editor, a writing coach, and a workshop leader. I spend my days asking questions and looking (or listening) for answers, and thinking up ideas for new stories to write for my favorite audience: kids! I guess I'm just about as curious as Rufus Leroy Williams III, the intrepid pink hero of my picture book series from Sterling Publishing, is persistent. Did you know that in 5000 B.C. people blamed 'tooth worms' for their cavities? Neither did I until I developed THE HAUNTED OUTHOUSE for the Bathroom Reader's Institute. Turns out, ancient dentists filled the wormholes with metals like gold or silver. Except the Aztecs. They used a mix of iron, water, and belly-button lint. As you'll discover by reading RUFUS GOES TO SCHOOL, RUFUS GOES TO SEA, and RUFUS BLASTS OFF! I believe that reading opens up worlds for young people. Books did that for me, and I hope my books will do the same for today's kids.
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2 Responses to A Perfect Time for Book Buying

  1. Liz says:

    Merry Christmas to you, Kim!

    Those are GREAT bookstores!

    My aunt & uncle were missionaries on the Doulos in the 1970’s & 80’s, seeing the photos of the ship, in that link, brought back memories of them =)

    & Thank You! – Your coaching has helped my writing immensely and transitioned me into a recovering dialogue-aholic =)



    • kimgriswell says:

      Wow! It’s truly a small world these days. I love these little connections that I find when I hear people’s stories. The web of life has an almost infinite number of strands yet all connect to form the whole and each of us is like a dewdrop making the web shimmer. Sharing our stories is like putting a magnifying glass over one of those dewdrops and looking at the world within it.


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