#29 of 52: How can I promote my book inexpensively?
You can offer to speak at a conference; you may not get paid but you will be able to promote your book. Along the same line, contact book fairs and offer to appear as a speaker or to sign books. Everyone likes to get a book signed by an author!
#30 of 52: Are independent bookstores and gift shops a good place to sell books?
Large bookstore chains and many independent booksellers only purchase from distributors. However, consider approaching independent bookstores and gift shops and ask if you can sell your books on consignment. This no-risk arrangement may appeal to gift shops or specialty shops in particular. For example, perhaps your book is about caregiving; approach hospital gift shops. If your book is about dog training, approach pet shops to take your book on consignment. If your book is about gardening, or is a novel with a title and theme that might appeal to gardeners, consider asking a gardening or home decor store to take your book on consignment.