Last time I visited my local Barnes and Noble bookstore I asked the manager why the store didn't feature a section comprised exclusively of local authors. I got a flat three minutes of prevarication, culminating in the tired old cliché, "I'm sorry, but my hands are tied." Feeling a bit discouraged, I declined an overpriced B&N latté in favor of a more stimulating beverage. I went down the street to Bar 145 and got two fingers of good old thought provoker in front of me, water back.
It has always seemed to me that local authors would benefit from a web page. Someplace on the net where we could rest assured that we're not alone, where our work could be advertised, and where the liberals could give the conservatives a bad case of the red ass, then the conservatives would retaliate with a few stinging remarks of their own, which would send the moonbats into orbit - so the place would need to be policed a bit. Then the organizer would have to find all the authors in Toledo, then set up the web site... we're talking about a ton of work, which I am not up for.
Fortunately for me, and for the rest of us, someone else arrived at this conclusion as well, and is willing to put some work behind it. Becky Robinson of Weaving Influence has launched a new site, Hometown Reads, which features authors from the Toledo metro area. Authors get their own individual page with links to their own website, Facebook, and other social media sites. Or, if you'd just like to see what local authors are publishing, that's available as well.
This service has been needed for a long time now, and I'm glad Becky and her team are running the ball in for a touchdown. As for me, it's five o'clock somewhere, but I have to teach tonight. Toledo Ballroom (2400 N. Reynolds Road, Toledo, OH) has a group class scheduled tonight at 7:00, and I'm teaching intermediate bronze level cha cha. Happy hour will have to wait.