I'm back! I am also quite pleased to say that I only checked my e-mail once during this past week. That is what I call a vacation. Sure my number of blog hits and new Facebook fans took a serious hit because of it, but it was totally worth it. Every now and then you just have to step back and get away from the old glowing screen.
So I'm back and pumped up just in time for Small Business Saturday.
An independent author trying to sell her self-published book, yep ultimate small business. Small businesses work hard and rely on the strength of friends and family, high quality, commitment to customer service, and good word of mouth. They don't have the networks or the personnel redundancy to take a break or delegate the workload. When a small business owner takes the day off they loose profit, sometimes even income. So vacations and time off tend to be few and far between.
Small business owners do not know the meaning of "not in my job description." They are CEO, CFO, President, Manager, Secretary and Janitor. They work every job at anytime. They don't have working hours, they work until the job is done.
These hardworking people run the businesses that drive our economy. They brew the coffee at your favorite little cafe. They flip burgers at your local diner. They sell you that half-gallon of milk at the corner store you stop at on your way home from work. They knit that fabulously soft sweater you got your grandmother for Christmas last year.
They are your friends and family. They are your neighbors. Without them you loose variety, independence, creativity, and true customer service. Without you, they are nothing. Skip the door busters and the box stores, support your local small businesses.
If you would like to support this small business, here are a few ways you can help.
1. Pick up a copy of Rising Tide at http://www.amazon.com/Rising-Tide-A-Novel-ebook/dp/B009GTWYG4 or https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/252930
2. Get a free copy by Liking Rising Tide on Facebook and sending an email request for a PDF, MOBI, or EPUB to firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Share this page with your friends and family. A simple re-post or thumbs up goes a long way.
Thanks for your help. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and are looking forward to the approaching holiday season!