You’ve written an amazing novel. You want to share it with the world. But you’re only you.
Thankfully, there are others who can help: Librarians.
What many authors don’t realize is that libraries receive a set amount of monies each summer and they must spend it all in that time frame. Librarians want your books. Readers need your books. But since they’re about 120,000 libraries in the United States, it isn’t possible for you to contact them all. However, you can contact a few, even out of state, and get your book on a shelf by following some simple etiquette.
Once you’ve decided on which libraries to contact (http://www.publiclibraries.com/ has a comprehensive list of addresses and phone numbers for all states and cities), you want to be sure that your request is effective. When calling, ask for the Library Director or Branch Manager and let them know that you are requesting a purchase order of your novel to be added to their collection.
Briefly tell them what kind of book it is (fiction or non-fiction) and its particular audience. Most librarians will ask you to email them links and a synopsis of your book; many of them require you to have reviews, some require professional reviews (Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, BookList). In your email, you may want to consider letting them know that you are willing to also hold public readings of the book, workshops, and other promising events.
Be sure to get their names and to thank them for their time and consideration!
About the Author:
Krista Wagner is a 70’s product of Southern California who lives with her Marine Corp veteran husband, three very entertaining children, and an indispensable faith in Christ.
Ten-year-old Amanda is constantly teased and tormented in school. Her home life is less than satisfactory where her widower father, who is often away on business trips, leaves her in the care of her indifferent teenaged sister. Worse, not a day goes by when Amanda doesn’t miss her mom. To escape reality, Amanda creates fantasy stories, but when she discovers a talking golden pebble, her imagined world turns into a new-fangled reality.
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