As an author and illustrator of children’s books, I find independent bookstores the best clients. They tend to be friendly and supportive. Recently I was up in the Bay Area of California where I visited a number of such bookstores. I have four books that have been published (all available on Ingram). I found these stores were enthusiastic about carrying them for sale. I have not had the same success with Barnes and Noble or other big stores, even in my local area. How strange! What has been your experience? Do you prefer to deal with independent stores or the big names?