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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

L. Diane Wolfe Urges Holiday Support for Indie Publishers--And Makes It Easy To Do!

When I saw this in my online IWSG (The Insecure Writer's Support Group) newsletter, it nudged the old retailer in me to join with L. Diane Wolfe, owner of Dancing Lemur Press, in a putsch to get my writing friends to do the same. I mean, the big retailing season is nearly upon us. (It also gives me a chance to remind you that I was a retailer for nearly three decades, that bookstores are retailers, and so are many online publishers who sell online! In other words, all of us are in this together!) So won't you use Diane's plea verbatim or edit it to suit your voice, your needs, and blast it out on your blog, or anything else you can think of. Your own newsletter. Facebook.  Instagram. Twitter (tag me and I'll retweet it to my 40,000 plus of my mostly-publishing-type followers! I am @frugalbookpromo on Twitter!). 

Many thanks to Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh and Diane for the nudge! And keep reading. Let's make this a holiday of reading and support for our industry.  

PS:  I love Amazon for all they do for writers, but let's make this a great holiday for the little guys who do so much. The world needs the full range of support for creatives. And, by the way, the publisher of my HowToDoItFrugally books is also considered a small press.  Find  Victor Volkman's (@MHistoryPress)  Modern History Press at https://ModernHistoryPress.com . Find his bonus offer at for a two-fer gift at the ever-popular ten-dollarish price point for gifts. 

PPS: If you decide to help us with our effort, be sure to let me know and include your links so I can help you share your...mmm, holiday effort!   

By L. Diane Wolfe, originally for IWSG newsletter.  

"Buy local, buy small business, support a self-employed friend.


2020-2021 has been tough for independent business. They need your help. The big businesses did just fine – neither Amazon nor Walmart needs your money. Buy direct online from small business. Buy local and small business. Help independents get through this incredibly tough time.


"Dancing Lemur Press is a small, independent publisher. Look at the titles we represent. Look at the authors, struggling with so few live events these past few years. Your purchase makes such a huge difference to them and to us. You can buy direct from us, getting bonus material, and know you are making a difference. http://www.dancinglemurpressllc.com/


"I plead with you to support one another. Buy direct. Buy local and small business. And help us get through this incredibly tough time.


"L. Diane Wolfe

Owner – Dancing Lemur Press, LLC"

(c) Permission Granted to Reprint



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 Howard-Johnson is the multi award-winning author of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She is also a marketing consultant, editor, and author of the multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers including the multi award-winning The Frugal Book Promoter (http://bit.ly/FrugalBookPromoIII), now offered in its third edition by Modern History Press. Carolyn's latest is in the #HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers is How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically. She has two booklets in the #HowToDoItFrugally Series, both in their second editions from Modern History Press. Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers (http://bit.ly/LastMinuteEditsII) and The Great First Impression Book Proposal (http://bit.ly/BookProposalsII) are career boosters in mini doses and both make ideal thank you gifts for authors. The one on writing book proposals is also available as an Audio Book. The Frugal Editor (http://bit.ly/FrugalEditor), now in its second edition, is the winningest book in the series. Carolyn also has three frugal books for retailers including one she encourages authors to read because it helps them convince retailers to host their workshops, presentations, and signings. It is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques (http://bit.ly/RetailersGuide). In addition to this blog, Carolyn helps writers extend the exposure of their favorite reviews at TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com. She also blogs all things editing--grammar, formatting and more--at The Frugal, Smart, and Tuned-In Editor (http://TheFrugalEditor.blogspot.com). Learn more and follow for news on her new releases direct from Amazon at http://bit.ly/CarolynsAmznProfile.


  1. Most all the books I buy are "friends" books, or small or indie published books. You're right! We are in this together!

  2. That is perfect, Carolyn!


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