Monday, August 17, 2009
Referring to Reference books
Had a wonderful time on Saturday hanging out in Sisters with a good writing friend. She needed to get away form her hectic newspaper schedule and two young sons and I was ready for some girl talk. We met at a coffee shop, visited, then meandered through the tourist shops, visiting. As is normal for writers, we spent the longest time in a used book store. My friend came out with a couple more books to add to her Pearl S. Buck collection and gift. I purchased Steven King's book on writing. She said it was good and I've had several other people tell me it is a good book to help with inspiration and craft. And used.. I could fork over a couple dollars for it.
I don't know about you but I am partial to purchasing used books for my reference books. They're cheaper and I don't feel bad if I want to highlight sections or turn down corners or put tabs on pages. I received two last week on gambling and riverboat gamblers. They are both interesting and I have already marked pages that I know I'll return to as I write other stories that will use gambling and gamblers.
Do you have an aversion ot purchasing used books? I try to purchase new frpm romance authors knowing it helps their sales, but when it come to reference. The less expensive it is the better.