I am thrilled to let the world know that the Great Smoky Mountains Association (GSMA) picked up my book,
You know GSMA as the park partner which manages the bookstores in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Surely you’ve stopped at Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Sugarlands, or maybe, at the Swain County Visitor Center to buy a book, honey or a T-shirt. They have nine stores in and around the park.
But GSMA is also a publisher of all things Smokies.
They are the authority on trails, flowers, birds, salamanders … of the Smokies. If you’re a hiker, you should have Hiking Trails of the Smokies. If you’re a birder, they have Birds of the Smokies in a small-format book.
GSMA has carried all my books including Forests, Alligators, Battlefields. But now they’re going to publish it as well. They might put a new cover, change the price, make all the decisions that a traditional publisher does.
And they’re going to distribute it as well. That is always be the biggest challenge with independent publishing.
So if you’re thinking that you might want a copy (or two or three), go to the Official Park Store and buy a copy from them. Or in a Smokies store, of course.
That’s buying local.