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are one of the most overlooked yet lucrative markets to sell your books and eBooks!
traveling, I stopped at a few local libraries. They all purchased my three-year-old
checks within two weeks, and those books that will never get returned. Later I
discovered that my book was checked out. So fun!
took my mom, a senior citizen with her first self-published children’s book,
around to the local libraries. She sold eleven books. Off to a great start!
amazes me that we hear so much about getting your book on Kindle, but not much
about getting books into over 120,000 US libraries.
could be because people think it’s hard to get their book into libraries. And
is if you don’t know how the libraries work. It’s like going to Vegas and not
knowing the rules of gambling. You may get lucky, but chances are you’ll lose
your money and it’ll be a bad experience.
are a few tips get started in learning the library system:
1. Email them. Here’s what librarian
buyers like to see in emails. Include:
- Your book’s ISBN
- How they can buy it. Do you have a distributor, or
do they buy from you?
- Their price.
- Do you have any reviews? It’s helpful to have that.
List size and page count. If it’s an oversized book,
they need to know that.
are general points they want for your emails:
- Keep your emails brief.
- Have white space in between SHORT paragraphs. Long
paragraphs with no white space look too overwhelming to read, and in the trash
- Edit your email so it’s concise and to the point,
but still friendly. As Mark Twain supposedly said, “If I had more time, I would
have written less.”
Personalize your email. Find something about their
city, library, or anything that seems like you’re writing a personal email to
2. Do virtual library
speech, or even a virtual video tour. Now you can speak to library groups all over the
country—virtually without leaving your home!
library video meetings are the latest thing, and a HUGE opportunity for you.
For example, in the suburbs
of Chicago, three libraries simultaneously used an interactive webinar to
virtually host Adriana Trigiani, the author of The Shoemaker’s Wife.
how it worked. Adriana and the three
libraries were hooked up with their own Webcams. Each library was able to see
and hear all four Webcams on one big screen at the same time. Adriana, via her Webcam
from her office in her laundry room in New York, was able to interact with all
three libraries at once.
did an interactive virtual meeting with library patrons in a different state
without leaving her home. How cool is that!
What’s the cost for all this amazing technology?
library used the GoToMeeting.com free 30-day trial. Up to six Webcams can be
streamed at once.
are numerous other free and easy to use options such as Google Hangouts and
have shared how the libraries have given them good PR by promoting their
library events for them. This promotion proved so popular that three libraries
had a waiting list.
are starting to have virtual meetings with out of town authors allowing local
people to communicate with the author who is onscreen. The author can see hear,
and speak to them, but can’t shake their hands.
3. Looks matter! They do take self-published
books now, but they want those books to look just like the big time publisher
books. If the cover or layout looks unprofessional, chances are they won’t buy
your book many times. If a librarian buyer sees typos, or bad grammar—that’s a
now have eBooks too! (Checking out eBooks from your computer saves you money,
and no more late fees, since there’s nothing to return.)
summary, it’s a terrific time to get your books and eBooks into libraries.
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Elaine Wilkes, PhD, is a published and self-published
author. Her award winning book, Nature's Secret Messages,
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