Earlier today I said that it's difficult but necessary to find new readers and then let the quality of the books make them into regular readers. A blog is one tool with which to do that. Another one, for which I have finally been approved (I signed up on March 2, today is March 26) is Amazon Connect, a service of amazon.com by which writers can "speak" (or type, whatever) directly to those people who may be buying or considering their books on Amazon.
As an owner of an independent bookstore, Amazon is in many ways the enemy. I always recommend people shop first at independents, and then at "brick and mortar" stores in their area. Besides wanting to preserve independent bookstores in the face of horrific competition from the chains, I believe it's important to patronize locally-owned businesses because that keeps your money in your community. Shopping at chain stores sends most of your money (albeit some is used for payroll, local taxes, utilities etc.) to some other place, and you and your community no longer benefit from it. From this point of view, online stores like Amazon are the worst, because they aren't even paying employees in your town. If you want to buy books online, I recommend booksense.com, which supports local independents in your area, but offers the ease and convenience of shopping from home in your jammies.
So here I am dissing my new hosts. As a bookseller, I'm generally opposed to Amazon. As a writer, however, I'm not. They sell a lot of books, something like 10% of books sold in the US (figures differ on this). More than that, they have an outsized presence in the book business because they've become the de-facto information source for books. If someone wants to know something about a book, or to find out what books a given author wrote, or to read reader reviews, he or she will generally click over to Amazon. So beyond just the books they sell, they are an important part of the bookselling world in the 21st century.
Which means I've bitten back my bookseller's distaste for them and started my Amazon Connect blog. Posts there will be specific to books they're selling, not the day-to-day rambling you know and love here, and far from daily. I'll try to note here when I've posted something new there, in case you want to check it out. The first one, which I wrote back on March 2, is up, and it's just a kind of introductory piece. I think this is the direct link to it. You can also click on the Amazon Connect link on Amazon's main page, which takes you to an alphabet from which you can select M to find me, or any other letter to see if other favorite authors are there.