Would You Help Me Decide Whether to Open an Online, Used Bookstore?

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Should I open an online, used bookstore via Amazon? Help me decide, fellow readers and writers!

Happy Wednesday fellow readers, bloggers, and writers! I have a question to ask you.

I’ve recently tossed around the idea of opening an online, used bookstore via Amazon to go along with my own writing and publishing. I would carry used books from classics to recent bestsellers, and the hope would be to make pricing competitive. However, I’m trying to determine if the quest is worth my time.

Would you help me by taking one minute to answer three quick questions via the survey I developed about opening an online bookstore?


Your anonymous feedback will help me make the final decision! And I always figure: who better to ask than other lovers of the literary scene? 🙂 Thank you so much for your time and help. Oh, and feel free to pass this survey along to your other reader and writer friends!

Announcing my Debut Novel, ‘The Apollo Illusion’

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It’s official, and I’m crazy excited! In 2018, my debut novel, The Apollo Illusion, will hit the virtual bookshelves. A stimulating dystopian suspense for young adults and millennials, The Apollo Illusion is a story for the hackers, the techies, the seekers, and the rebels of the world.

Want an Advanced Reader Copy?

I’m currently looking for early readers willing to post a review on Amazon, Nook, Apple, and/or Smashwords in exchange for a FREE advanced copy. Interested? I want to hear from you! Email me at shari.lopatin@gmail.com with your full name, email address, and whether you prefer Kindle, Nook, PDF, or print (if print, please include your mailing address).

What is The Apollo Illusion About?

The year is 2150, and bullied nineteen-year-old Flora can no longer ignore the burning curiosity to learn what’s behind the towering Wall surrounding her home state of Apollo. Citizens still read books, discuss philosophy, and send text messages, but questioning The Other Side is forbidden.

When Flora’s naïveté accidentally reveals a dark secret about Apollo, she’s forced into an isolated web of truth, lies, and survival. Fearing for her life, she leaves behind a clue for her childhood friend, Andrew, placing her last hope in their special bond.

Don’t Miss Launch! Join ‘The Readers Club’

Over the coming months, I’ll be releasing more details about The Apollo Illusion as we approach the launch, including sneak peeks and offering giveaways. Don’t miss out! Join “The Readers Club” email list and stay in-the-know.

News and New Media: Check Out this Hot Project!

I first learned about The Daily Source because they followed me on Twitter. Just another wannabe online news outlet, I initially thought.

Boy, was I wrong!

After checking out their follower count (20,000+), I decided to give them a follow-back. A day later, I received a direct message from this outlet:

“Thanks for following. Our nonprofit’s team of top journalists scours the Net 24/7 to bring you a feast of top items: http://dailysource.org,” it read.

Non-profit team of top journalists, I thought. I wonder who these people are?

So, I did what any curious, former newspaper reporter would do. I clicked on their link and began researching. Simply put, this is no wannabe online news outlet.

Here’s what I found about The Daily Source:

  • Their editors come from backgrounds at the New York Times, the BBC, NPR, and CNN, just to name a few.
  • Their mission “is to provide high quality news and information from leading sources across the Internet to help the public more effectively utilize their time, money and power to benefit themselves, our country and our world.”
  • They outline the growing problems in today’s media, including lack of public confidence, growing inaccuracies, sensationalism, and poor coverage of important stories.
  • They use new media to combat these issues, and combine today’s online tools with the traditional ethics of good reporting and journalism.

Yea, I almost had an orgasm when I read this. Think of The Daily Source as the NPR of the Internet.

Now, they don’t necessarily write the articles. They seek out the most relevant, accurate, important, and balanced articles across the Web and publish them on their site. They also use platforms like Twitter to disseminate their news.

And because their editors come from such traditional and respected backgrounds, you know you can trust their judgement.

How you can help

Besides the obvious approach (money donations), The Daily Source needs its followers to help spread the word. It also needs you to conduct your news searches through its site, www.dailysource.org.

Why? I’ll let them explain: “This will generate revenue for us, as Yahoo! donates to our nonprofit every time you search via the box on our site.”

I thought this was a cause well-worth a blog post today. Will you help with this great idea? Find The Daily Source on Twitter as well.

WHAT DO YOU THINK? How have you noticed the new landscape of social media affecting the traditional realms of journalism? Is it making the mass media better, or worse?