If your neighborhood store carries the kinds of books you are writing or plan to write, then that bookseller knows the answer to the question, “What are my potential readers looking for these days?”
So that’s the compromise I’m proposing in these difficult times. If you truly cannot afford new books for yourself, buy them when you give gifts this year. Give twice. Once to your friend or loved one, and once to the toiling writer, who hopes to eventually be paid for her effort.