I feel a bit like the Velveteen Rabbit, as I gather supplies to set up the ribbon cutting for our new shop. I feel that love has made me real. The love of my daughter, who is the best business partner and friend I could ask for. The love of friends who have stood by us through thick, thin, and more. The love of my parents through the years and the veil of heaven. The love I feel for creativity and the drive I have been blessed with to make things happen. The love for all who share my passion for books and handcrafting.
I always say I am living, walking proof that all things are possible. That is no less true on this day, this special day that marks a new beginning. Even now, we are working to change the face of indie publishing and to lift up all of us who believe in this endeavor. We want to create a community around the amazing work of indie authors, get their books the exposure they deserve, and help them succeed. Books are not a zero sum proposition and it is possible for all of us to succeed, if we’re willing to do the work. Well, Ellie and I are not only willing to do so, we have done so, and we’re not stopping now.
More is in the works for this little shop of ours… this little slice of heaven, this magic in the midst of the suburbs. As always, our plans are bigger than four walls and a floor. They are flying higher than any ceiling. They are deeper than any tap root. Our hopes and dreams for the Pipe & Thimble Bookstore and all whose books pass through our door are as limitless as our passion for what we do.