Wednesday, April 18, 2018

What's Going On at FROM MY SHELF: FAQ for Spring 2018

Lots of rumors, news, questions, stories, and concerns swirling around in the ether about From My Shelf Books & Gifts lately! We've answered a lot of questions in face-to-face discussions these last couple of months, so we thought we'd post some of the most-frequently-asked questions and answers here, for your reference. :)

1. QUESTION: I heard you were having a contest to give away the bookstore?

ANSWER: We WERE running an essay contest, where those wishing to participate sent us a $75 contest entry fee along with their short essay addressing this question: "Why is a bookstore important to a community?" IF we received 4,000 entries, a committee of judges would have chosen a winner. The contest entry deadline was March 31, 2018. We didn't receive enough entries to go forward with passing ownership on to a winner. Checks are being sent back to those who entered, along with our gratitude for folks who love bookstores and believe they are essential to a community. We'll be publishing some of their answers on the blog, so check in again!

2. QUESTION: Are you closing the bookstore?!?

ANSWER: No! Nope! Not true! From My Shelf Books & Gifts will continue forward, with your hosts Kevin & Kasey, bookstore cats Huck & Finn, and a couple of familiar faces on staff! We will be making some changes over the next few months, as we RE-organize, RE-boot, RE-birth, and RE-new the structure of the bookstore to meet the current market and our community's needs. Thank you all for expressing your love and concern for our staying here and staying at the helm.

3. QUESTION: Are you going to become a bookstore just for children's books?

ANSWER: We will be focusing more, BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY, on books and gifts for children. We're excited to expand our inventory for babies through young adult. If you know us, however, you know that each person on staff has their own favorite authors and genres, so we will continue to stock those, continue to have great personal recommendations for you and yours, and continue to introduce you to great new reads.

4. QUESTION: I'm a member: when can I start bringing in my trade-ins again?

ANSWER: We're not currently taking trade-ins. We love being able to offer new and used books, and we love the way real books recycle. It finally happened, though: WE RAN OUT OF ROOM. We've been having all kinds of HUGE sales over the last year to try to open the pressure valve, so to speak, on our storage capacities, but we've finally gotten to the point where we need to sell off and reorganize all the inventory we've accumulated over the last 12 years. A lot of that inventory comes from our generous trade-in program. So, for now, enjoy big sales. Later -- if summer ever gets here -- we can take trades again!

5. QUESTION: I'm a new author: will you buy my book/carry my book in your store/host me for an event?

ANSWER: Please email us at from_my_shelf (at) to sign up for this year's 10th Annual BookFest in October! This is a great way for regional authors to get their name out to folks in our area, get a ton of publicity, and get started selling books in our community.

6. QUESTION: I'm an author who has books with you that you agreed to sell on consignment. Are you selling those off in your 50% off sales?

ANSWER: No, at present, your books are NOT included in our 50% off sales. They are being sold at the agreed-on price. I do, however, strongly encourage you to contact us right away, because when we get ready to move a lot of inventory around here -- and the time is fast approaching -- we will expect you to take whatever books of yours are remaining. We cannot store them any more. We'll absolutely need to have fewer copies of your books. Please email ASAP.

7. QUESTION: Are all these great sale prices just for bookstore members?

ANSWER: Not all of the BIG sales are exclusive to members, but many of them are, and will continue to be. We do have sales that are available to EVERYONE, and we are currently changing the sales on a regular basis, so check in often. Don't be afraid to ask! Stop in to see what we have!

8. QUESTION: Can I still do custom orders with you, even if you're focusing more on kids' books/even if your physical store gets smaller?

ANSWER: OF COURSE!! We really enjoy helping you get the books you want. New books are almost always in our Chambersburg, PA, warehouse and can be here in 1-2 business days! People who custom order with us are often surprised that we get things in, regularly, faster than even Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Plus, if you prepay, we can offer you some fantastic discounts. If you haven't done custom ordering with us before, ask us what we can do for you. If you have had us custom order for you in the past, don't worry: that's not changing! We've got you covered!

Now, let us know what other questions you might have. Thanks for sticking with us, bookstore friends; we are sticking with you!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Molly, The Dog With Diabetes

Molly, the Dog With Diabetes, is a true story about a dachshund mix dog, and her journey with diabetes.

Molly is my next door neighbor's dog, and I see her most mornings when I walk in to work. I didn't know she was diabetic until my neighbor mentioned it.

My neighbor is a former educator, and she thought Molly's story would make a great book. I agree!

I contacted agents, and one was interested, but had glaucoma surgery. She referred me to other agents....all thought it was too niche.

They're wrong. At its heart, Molly's story is not only a dog story--and who doesn't love a dog story?--but the story of living a happy and healthy life with diabetes.

Does anyone NOT know someone with diabetes? I have several friends with diabetes. Sadly, a good friend of mine passed from complications of the illness at 40. My father had adult onset diabetes in his senior years. This book is needed.

With your help, I'm going to bring this much-needed book into the hands of children and dog lovers everywhere.


Monday, February 26, 2018

Will You Vote For Wellsboro?

by Kevin Coolidge

My family goes back several generations in Wellsboro, and I was born at Soldiers and Sailors hospital, right in Wellsboro. We've mostly been blue collar workers, farmers and factory workers and truck drivers. It's not always an easy way to make a living. I remember when the local glass plant went from Corning Inc., to GTE, to Osram-Sylvania to closed.

A lot of my family worked there. I worked there myself for five years. Factory work can be hard on the body, but it was a job that put me through school. I moved away from Wellsboro for that schooling, but moved back, because I love my hometown.

That's why I nominated Wellsboro for the Main Street Pennsylvania contest. If Wellsboro wins, the $25,000 will go to the local Wellsboro Chamber of Commerce. I don't know what the money will be used for. $25,000 doesn't go as far as it used to. I'm hoping it will go to a shop local campaign, or maybe used to attract a company that can put Wellsboro and Tioga County back to work.

Sure, I have a vested interest in the area. I have a business that I approach with the same working class ethic I was born to. I work every day, if the bookstore isn't open, I'm working on my writing. My books are set in Wellsboro and Tioga County. The first rule of writing is write what you know. I also write where I know.

One of my goals with my books is to put Wellsboro into the national spotlight. Wellsboro already does so much right with the Laurel Festival, and Dickens of a Christmas, and has that feeling that just says home. I want to continue on the hard work of those who came before, that milked the cows, that picked the cullet, that promoted the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon.

So, vote for Wellsboro. It's easy. Just click on the photo of Wellsboro and you can vote once every 24 hours until April 23rd. Then we get to see if Wellsboro moves to the next round, but most importantly, vote for Wellsboro in other ways.

Buy your shoes in town if you can, or your underwear. If you buy a book, buy it from my store, From My Shelf Books & Gifts. I put that money right back into the community like my family has been doing for generations. Don't do it for me, or your neighbor, or yourself. Do it for everyone. Do it for Wellsboro and Tioga County.



Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wellsboro is going to get what it deserves!

Wellsboro is going to get what it deserves!

You asked, and we listened. You asked us to stay and we are! From My Shelf Books & Gifts is going to continue to be run by Kasey and Kevin, but we're going to make some changes.

First, we are downsizing to give Kevin the freedom to do more author events. That means big sales for our members.

Everything in the store is 50% off! Everything except the cats, Huck & Finn are staying in the book business.

We are going to concentrate on being advocates for children's literacy, and mostly focus on children's books, but we are still going to be able to custom order and give you the same great service we always have.

Wellsboro deserves a bookstore, and Wellsboro is going to get what it deserves

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Local author "Ghost Write" a Valentine's Day Poem

Local author "Ghost Writes" a Valentine's Day poem or customized greeting for your significant other.

Writing to the beloved is never easy, so why settle for some "Hallmark" greeting card to say the things you long to say to her or him. This Valentine's Day get the right words on paper with the help of a published poet and author.

Declan Synott is available now for crafting the Valentine's Day greeting that she will treasure for a lifetime. In the tradition of Cyrano DeBergerac, there is no shame in getting a little help in the romance department.

The process is easy and fun:

Fill out a simple two page survey that helps describe your significant other, Synot will contact you to determine what additional content or intent you have for the poem or greeting.

Then he will deftly write the best poem for the occasion--filled with the love and gratitude you hold for her or him.

For only $10 per poem or greeting, you will be a partner in a process that evolves into a carefully crafted message of love and romance. We provide Valentine themed stationary and an email version to back up the hard copy.

Orders are being taken now at From My Shelf Books & Gifts, 7 East Avenue, Wellsboro. Stop by today. She will thanks you in so many ways when she reads her customized verse.

Friday, February 2, 2018

How to Win a Bookstore |

How to Win a Bookstore | It’s a bibliophile’s dream. A chance to win a whole bookshop. Now, thanks to a rare opportunity, you could win a bookstore by writing a short essay stating why bookstores are important to the community.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Earn Extra Money with the GoRead Buzz Program

I’ve been contributing on GoRead since late September of 2017. I’ve earned an average of $500 per month without selling anything. That’s right; these earnings came entirely from my engagement and activity on the platform, without selling a book, recommending a product, or promoting anything. Just writing and engaging.

I like to stress this point because that’s what makes the GoRead Buzz Program so easy to use for people from different backgrounds. You don't have to sell anything, just contribute content.


I describe GoRead as a mix between Facebook, Goodreads and Amazon. It’s a website where authors, book-lovers, content creators can network, share content, comment and review books and topics, and buy books.

You can join GoRead as a reader, which is completely free and allows you to engage on the platform and take advantage of their Litcoin program where you can earn virtual currency to buy books.

Litcoins are earned by engaging in the site: adding books to your virtual library, becoming a Fan of your favorite author, sharing posts from GoRead on your social media channels, and more.

How to Earn Extra Money from Home with the GoRead Buzz Program


If you want to take full advantage of the platform and use it as a tool to generate income, you must sign up for the GoRead Buzz Program.There are a wealth of benefits from joining, but some of the biggest ones are:

The ability to earn hundreds of dollars every month through their Global Revenue Share Pool Program;

The power to build your brand by publishing and sharing content with an engaged audience. It's particularly valuable for authors, bloggers, entrepreneurs, and business owners

The opportunity to sell more books (directly though GoRead), and drive more traffic to your website.


Every month, you must complete a series of activities. These will will drive your Revenue Shares and build your presence on the platform. While these have changed a bit over time, the current requirements (as of April 2018) are as follows:

Write a minimum of one article per month, published to your article page. This should be around 300-800 words and can be content you’ve already posted somewhere else (on your blog, for example). Your article should align with your niche. For me, it’s books and writing about reading. But if you don’t have a brand, you can choose your own (movies, food, sports, fiance, etc).

Promote your articles on GoRead and other social media websites through a minimum of 5 shares per month. This can be you sharing one of your articles 5 times on GoRead, sharing 5 of your articles once each on a different social media platform, or any combination.

Create at least 10 posts a month on your Author page. A post can be written, an article, a picture, or a video link. Posts must be related to your personal interest or professional expertise.

Share posts, articles, or content from either your GoRead page or any other post on GoRead to other social media at least 6 times per month.

Spend at least $20 per month on Pay-Per-Click Advertising. I use this to drive traffic to my books and my website.
Buy at least 1 book per month from GoRead (not using LitCoins).

Have an active GoRead Buzz Plus Subscription. This is currently $39.97USD. Once you sign up, GoRead will charge your credit card automatically on a monthly basis.

You must complete requirements 1-7 in order to earn your first share and “unlock” the ability to earn subsequent shares. Note that your required spend each month will be around $70-90USD depending on how expensive the book you choose is, and where you’re shipping the book to ($40 membership + $20 advertising + book + shipping). That being said, I’ve made a profit every single month since joining the program. My smallest monthly earnings was $460.32


Right now, GoRead has a promotion called the “Doubler” – if you complete steps 1-4 twice (e.g. publish a second article, promote your article an additional 5 times), you will activate the Doubler and receive an additional 2 shares.

Based on the above, your base earnings will be either 1 share (no Doubler) or 3 shares (with Doubler).
Additional activity will earn you even more shares. These activities are all optional though I recommend them to take full advantage of the platform

Gaining new Fans on your Author page: Every increment of 10 new Fans will give you one additional Revenue Share

Driving referrals to GoRead: Every 3 people you refer (who sign up for the Buzz Program) will give you one additional Revenue Share

Getting your articles shared: Every 20 shares your content receives will give you one additional Revenue Share

Recently, I’ve been earning around 13 to 15 Revenue Shares per month, with the Share Price normally ending at around $25-$30. GoRead also does a weekly round up of the top 5 articles of the week. If they feature your article, you receive a $25 bonus commission. I’ve earned this several times, increasing my earnings.

In summary, I've found the GoRead program fun and easy to use. I've earned over $1600 in just three months, and I've also noticed an increase in my book sales. If you enjoy writing and/or are a content creator and/or entrepreneur yourself, GoRead is a phenomenal way to build your brand while earning additional income.

If you have any questions about the program, fan me on GoRead and I’ll do my best to answer.

I'll see you on GoRead!


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Announcing the Picture Book Club! A special BOTM club from you, from us, to kids you love!

We've been wanting to offer this to you for a long time, and 2018 is finally time for the plans to come to life!

From My Shelf can now help you send a special picture book to children in your life, with three different package deals.

Each package includes a paperback storybook, cover price normally $7-9, plus first class shipping to a special kid whom you want to encourage to become a reading ninja! Send love and literacy around the block or across the miles with these great selections.

Quarterly package: One book shipped every three months = 4 books a year for $40. Most likely selections include: Snowflake Bentley [Martin]; The Tiny Seed [Carle]; Tractor Mac: You're a Winner! [Steers]; and The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night [Spier].

Alternating month package: One book shipped every other month = 6 books for $50. Most likely we will use the selections above, with any of the following as possible additions/substitutions: Blueberry Girl [Gaiman]; Apple-Picking Time [Slawson]; In November [Rylant]; The Legend of the Poinsettia [de Paola].

Monthly package: One book shipped every month = 12 books for $100. Possible selections include any from the smaller packages, plus these great books: Valentine Bears [Bunting/Wells]; A Tale for Easter [Tudor]; The Boy Who Didn't Believe in Spring [Clifton]; Canoe Days [Paulsen]; Pumpkin Soup [Cooper].

If we know enough in advance, we can substitute another one of our choices, if the child you're buying for already owns one of these books. We can work with you to tailor-fit some of these packages!

Payment by credit card can be made through the bookstore. You may also mail us a check. You can break the 6-month or 12-month packages into 2 smaller payments, if you like. Payment must be received by the 1st of a month for that month's book to ship by the 15th of the month.

Let's send these kids some great books!!! We can also include a personal note from you. :)

Friday, December 29, 2017

Thank You, James Patterson!

On Monday, Dec. 18, bestselling author James Patterson announced the names of more than 300 independent booksellers receiving grants totaling $350,000, up $100,000 over previous years, as part of his Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program.

Patterson has had many generous philanthropy programs supporting community literacy. During the past five years, he has offered grants to libraries, schools, independent bookstores, and individual booksellers.

Patterson partnered with the American Booksellers Association to distribute the funds, which were awarded to individual booksellers in amounts ranging from $750 to $1,250. The full list of the recipients is at Among them are Kris Dickinson and Kasey Cox Coolidge both of From My Shelf Books & Gifts at 7 East Avenue in Wellsboro.

The grant application asked one question: “Why does this bookseller deserve a holiday bonus?” Patterson personally selected winners from bookstores all across the country, and many of the recipients are from areas hard hit by natural disasters, including Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston, Copperfield’s in Napa, and various stores in Florida. Nominated booksellers were praised for their perseverance in the face of these hardships, as well as for their contagious enthusiasm, skilled hand-selling, innovation, and, most importantly, dedication to books and reading.

“I was thrilled to increase the donation amount of this year’s bonuses given the overwhelming response we’ve had to past campaigns,” said Patterson. “This holiday season, in particular, underscored how deserving these booksellers are — many of the recipients came from stores that dealt with major damage from hurricanes and wildfires, in addition to the challenges they faced in an ever-changing retail environment. These bonuses are my humble acknowledgment of their commitment to putting books into the hands of readers, and I hope these grants make a positive difference in their lives.”

American Booksellers Association CEO Oren Teicher said, “With this expansion of his Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program, James Patterson continues to demonstrate his extraordinary commitment to literacy and independent booksellers. In a year that has proved so challenging to many booksellers because of natural disasters, we are even more grateful. Thanks to his ongoing generosity, over twice as many independent booksellers who are working so hard to serve their communities by connecting authors and readers of all ages will receive well-earned bonuses.”

In 2016, Patterson donated $250,000 in holiday bonuses to 149 independent bookstore employees across the country; in 2015, he donated $250,000 in holiday bonuses to 87 bookstore employees. In 2014, he awarded $1 million in grants to 178 independent bookstores that were recognized for doing an outstanding job of fostering a love of reading in young children. Over the past decade, Patterson has given away over a million books to students and visited hundreds of schools to advocate for youth literacy."

Kris Dickinson (left) and Kasey Cox Coolidge hold a copy of the letter signed by James Patterson and Oren Teicher that each one received along with a check. "It's very clear that you have gone above-and-beyond in your work as a bookseller. We hope that this check will allow you to continue doing good work in your store and in your community," the letter reads

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Skye's Big Adventure

It was a cold winter day. Skye drew a smiley face on the frost coating the window. She drew two triangles for ears, and added lines for whiskers. Now it looked just like a kitty. Skye loved cats. When she grew up to be president, she'd make sure all the kitties and puppies had nice warm homes.

Skye smiled. Big, puffy flakes of snow were falling from the sky. Maybe Daddy would help her build a snowman when he got home, and then they could come inside and drink hot cocoa to get warm, and maybe have hot dogs for supper. Sky loved hot dogs.

Mommy called from the kitchen, "Skye, would you like to go outside, and help me build a snowman?"

"Mommy, can we make snow cat with a big, fluffy tail, and a pink nose?" asked Skye.

"Whatever will we make the snow cat's nose from?" asked Mommy.

"We can use the kitty's pink mouse toy. It's for a kitty to play with, and it'd make a nice soft nose for the snow cat," said Skye.
"Get your coat on, and your boots, and we'll build a snow cat and surprise your daddy when he comes home," said Mommy.

Skye rushed to get her winter jacket and her boots. Mommy helped her with her boots. She could do it by herself. She was a big girl now, but she had to pull really hard to get the left one on, and a little extra pull was helpful.

"Don't forget your hat, Skye. It's cold out," said Mommy.

"Can the snow cat have a hat? I don't want the snow cat to be cold," said Skye.

"We'll see, Skye. Let's build the snow cat, and make his fluffy tail, and little kitty ears, and put on his pink nose, before we worry about the hat. Put your hat on, and your gloves. We don't want your ears to freeze and fall off," said Mommy.

"Don't be silly, Mommy. If my ears fell off, I couldn't hear you, or the car when Daddy comes home," laughed Skye.

Mommy and Skye went out in the bright winter day. They grabbed handfuls of cold snow and packed them into little balls. They put the balls together into a pile, and slowly built a white snow cat with a fluffy tail, and triangle ears. Sky put the pink fluffy mouse in the middle of the snow cat's face right where a nose is suppose to go.

"The snow cat has a nose, but he doesn't have whiskers to twitch," said Skye.

"We could use some drinking straws to make whiskers, and when the wind blows, his whiskers would twitch, just like a real kitty," said Skye.

"That's a great idea," said Mommy. "You're such a smart, creative girl for thinking of that."

Skye and Mommy put whiskers on the snow cat, and Mommy used two blue marbles for eyes. "I usually used rocks when I was growing up," said Mommy, "but those were just snowmen, and not snow kitties. A snow kitty should have something special."

The winter sky had begun to darken, and an icy wind ruffled the hair that had escaped her hat. "Will Daddy be home soon?" asked Skye.
"He should be home any minute," said Mommy.

Just then, the headlights of Daddy's car came up the driveway, and Skye jumped for joy, "I can't wait to show Daddy the snowcat we built."

Daddy got out of his car, and Skye ran and threw her arms around him. "Daddy, come see the snowcat Mommy and I built!" yelled Skye.
"My big girl Skye, building snow cats. I only built snowman when I was your age," said Daddy. "That's a great snowcat, but won't his ears get cold and fall off?" asked Daddy as he pulled Skye's hat down over her ears.

"Oh no! We can't have snow cat's ears fall off," said Skye.

"I know what to do," said Daddy. Daddy pulled the hat off his head and put it on the snowcat's head, "Now snowcat's ears won't get cold and fall off, but mine might. Let's go inside and have some hot cocoa."

Skye gave a big jump and started running to the house. Mommy and Daddy came too, and they all went inside to get warm and have hot cocoa...