Shout out to Public Libraries!
Visiting your local public library is a great, risk-free way to try out new authors
Did you know that, like the general public, libraries sometimes order books from Amazon, too? If you want to read a book by an independent author (or any published author), but you're not ready to make a financial commitment to buy it, ask your local library to order it! The libraries around me – Sayville, Bayport-Blue Point, South Country, Sachem and Patchogue-Medford – all have paperback copies of Saving Toby. For a new, fairly unknown indie author like myself, this kind of support, not to mention exposure, is awesome!
Side note: The libraries here on Long Island are all linked. I don't know if this is true of other areas/states, (*feel free to chime in and let me know) but here on Long Island, if a local library doesn't carry the book you seek, you can go online and click on the LI Link: Expand Search and browse a much larger catalog source! With a quick 'inter-library exchange' you can barrow any listed title, all formats — book, CD, ebook, audiobook, etc. So, for instance, if you wanted to read Saving Toby, you could log into your library's website, or visit the helpful adult service desk, and request it! Fabulous!
All the more reason to love your library!
Here's the website to my own hometown library: http://sayvillelibrary.org