“Libraries’ jobs are to make books available to their customers that their customers will read.
- If your book has a local elements – you’re the writer and/or it’s about the area – you have a good leg-up.
- If you and you book have been featured in the local press, that’s a plus, too
- If it’s been reviewed in one of the journals such as School Library Journal, Quill and Quire etc. it may well get ordered because of that. (A Kirkus Review is also helpful.)
- If you approach the library professsionally, possibly with a one sheet that includes all the book info. – Title, author, publisher, ISBN, price, perhaps a quote for a review, etc. they then have all the info. to pass along to their acquisitions people if the librarian you speak to thinks it’s a good book to have.
- Many library websites have an online Request to Purchase feature. Get your friends/family to request that the library buy your book. Or just send them in asking for it to create a demand.
- If your library offers author readings, let them know if you’re available and willing.
- You might even suggest you do a book launch in the library – but be aware you may have to do much of the work to put bums in the seats.”
I’ll add another suggestion. Donate a book to your library, then be sure it gets checked out. All my friends have library cards and are readers, so I ask them to at least take out my book once. I’ve found that libraries will often order extra copies or buy the eBook version.
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I’m celebrating November 1st! Can’t believe it, but we are at the end of this year and staring Thanksgiving in the face. Well, here’s to wrapping up 2013 and enjoying these winter months ahead.
Check out Tyrean Martinson’s blog today. I’m there!
I’m also celebrating being a member of UncommonYA. It’s a great group of writers.
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