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If you live in Denver take the time to check out some of these cool local bookshops.

Park Hill Co-Op Book Shop – Located in the Park Hill suburb of Denver, Park Hill Co-Op Book Shop, is a treat. The store is completely nonprofit and has only one paid employee (the manager). The shop is run by a team of volunteers that know everything about books, some have been volunteering for 20 years. The Park Hill Co-Op is kept a float by members who pay a yearly rate ($10 or $40) the membership includes a 7% discount, 10 credits (good for 10 used paperback or 5 hardbacks), and the opportunity to trade in books for credits. The Co-Op is a community gem. The atmosphere is comfortable and the selection is great. I could have spent hours perusing the shelves. It’s a little on the small side, but it doesn’t stop them from stuffing as many books as they can onto the shelves. It has a wide array of topics and even antique books. I would definitely advise taking a look! There are some great deals hiding on those shelves.

The Tattered Cover Book Store – This store is the megalith of books. This independent store located in two places throughout Denver, one in LoDo, is a great place to spend the day. The central location makes it an easy stop on any trek through downtown. The selection is enormous with used and new books. There are tons of comfy chairs, and even a coffee shop. The staff is really nice and knowledgable. I loved looking through all of the staff recommendations. I found myself loosing track of time in Tattered Cover. You can cuddle up in a chair and spend hours sipping coffee and enjoying a new book. However, it is a tad on the expensive side, but still worth while. You may not find the best deals, but you will enjoy every minute spent looking.

Fahrenheit Books – A used book store that can survive a move to a new location must be a good one. This store while smaller than Tattered Cover has a great selection. It is organized and easy to find what you want. If you are a Sci-fi buff make the time to check Fahrenheit out. There Sci-fi selection is vast and everything is fairly priced. There are tons of vintage books. There’s even a wall dedicated to first editions. It’s new location on Broadway is easy to find and surrounded by other cute shops. You can even browse their titles online and make sure the books you want are in stock. The store has a cool vibe and the staff certainly knows what they’re talking about. If you are interesting in selling books, Fahrenheit will buy them. They typically like unusual or vintage books.

 

These local Denver stores are a great alternative to Amazon or Barnes and Noble. It makes book buying more of an adventure than an errand. Support our local businesses and check them out! I promise you’ll find something you love.

 

 

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I found three blogs aspiring authors should definitely take a look at. They’re run by literary agents, Nelson agency is even in Denver, and make the path to publication even easier!

http://pubrants.blogspot.com/– Pub rants, short for publishing rants, not bar complaints, is run by Kristen Nelson. She owns a literary agency in Denver and posts tips and tricks for getting noticed by agents. Her informal posts are typically weekly and give great information for those seeking representation. The clean, user friendly design is easy to navigate and fun to read. My favorite section is about nailing your query letter. She even gives examples of queries she loved!

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/– Nathan Bransforf’s blog is loaded with fantastic information. As former agent for Curtis Brown Ltd. he knows all about representing big time authors. The layout is a tad cluttered, but it is all relevant information and wanna-be authors will love his funny, but extremely valuable advice. He has won numerous awards for this site and gives writers everywhere an inside look at what really goes down in the publishing world.

http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com/– Janet Reid another literary agent uses a sassy, personal style of giving information in her blog. It may not always be about sinking a book deal, but it is still informative and hilarious. I will say if you are specifically hunting for advice turn to Pub Rants or Bransford’s blog first, but if you are interested in a fun casual blog Reid is your cup of tea. Her layout is nothing special and just a typical template, but it’s easy to read and the book recommendations along the side are clever. The plain jane style really forces readers to really focus on the wit and humor of her blog rather any fancy text or banners.