What to do when you’re book shopping:

1. If it is a thick book, rap on the front cover to hear that lovely deep ‘thunk’.

2. Open it up and smell it. New books have their new smell, second hand books have their well-loved scent.

3. Buy the book! Support small businesses! Don’t let them close in the face of online retailers. Don’t be one of those people who browses in stores, then puts a dog-eared book back on a shelf and buys a new copy from Amazon. Amazon is great for obscure or out of print books, but don’t forget your local bookstores!

4. And the same goes for magazines. You don’t get the lovely ‘thunk’ sound as they’re not thick enough to make it, but when I’m on my morning commute, I prefer to have a poetry magazine or a physical copy of a book that I can read. Yes, my ipad is great and I have a ton of books downloaded on it, but call me old-fashioned… I’d still rather root around in my bag for a good old paperback or a nice past contributor copy.

Contributor copies. If I had the means I would subscribe to more small presses, more often. Instead, when I catch a moment I like to read through past contributor copies of favourites… Decanto, Sarasvati and some newer ones like Mistress Quickly’s Bed.

Contributor copies - poetry, fiction and both.

Contributor copies – poetry, fiction and both.

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her writing centres around protagonists who are on a journey of self-discovery and who explore their identity by overcoming adversity. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing ezine, with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from literary pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of construction vehicle books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: https://mailchi.mp/17e6ca162ff3/leilanie-stewart-author

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