Tip of the Week: Do not be afraid of your local booksellers.
Now this tip is actually something I knew before yesterday, but it got reiterated during my Barnes & Noble orientations. So, let me repeat: Do not be afraid of your local booksellers. They like local authors. They support local authors. And the local bookstores, even the large chainse, like to meet and know local authors. It helps all bookstores, even chains, seem more like a part of their community. If your book is published, but you can't find it on the shelf, ask about it. If you can find your book, see about arranging a story time or book signing/reading/presentation. I suppose the store might say no, but that's the worst that can happen. It never hurts to ask.