Someone from the Calgary chapter of Romance Writers of America (CaRWA) first brought an article by Kristine Rusch to my attention. The article was called "Shifting Sands" http://kriswrites.com/page/2/?s=Shifting+Sands, and it was about how changes implemented by the big American distributors were allowing book stores to have access to all printed books, including those by indie authors. I've read more articles by Ms. Rusch and her partner, Dean Wesley Smith, since then, and I always take away some worthwhile tips.
In exchange for sharing their experience and knowledge, this dynamic duo have a link to Paypal where you can leave them a "tip." Smart business practice.
I recommend their blogs to my fellow authors. It's a brave new world of book writing and publishing, and these two seen to have a handle on it.