Get to know your local librarian

Get to know your local librarian

My first published stories are coming out this week. To say I’m excited is an understatement. I have three stories in the Chapter Book Challenge anthology and I can’t wait to see my name in a book.

Today at lunchtime I was sitting in a cafe and a couple of the librarians from our council library came in and we started talking. I go to the library quite a bit and chat with the librarians about what I’m working on, especially when I’m asking for their help finding books on weird topics to help me with my research.

I told them about the anthology coming out and they asked about getting it in the library! *Insert happy dance here*. I don’t think I’ve stopped smiling since.

When I got back to the office, I jumped on Facebook to tell the group about this, and it got me thinking… Over the last few months, I’ve got to know my local librarians and they have got to know me. It wasn’t part of any strategy on my part, just something that happened naturally, but it’s something I hadn’t thought of doing in the lead up to getting books published.

Most of the book marketing I’ve read talks about getting out there & talking with readers directly or getting books into book shops. I don’t recall reading anything about getting books into libraries.

I know that if I’m looking for a book on a specific topic, I’ll often ask the librarian for advice. By getting to know the librarian, they will get to know my books and be able to recommend them. Hopefully the readers will enjoy them and want to read more, give them as gifts, and even own them themselves so they can read them again. I also don’t have to wait until someone requests the library gets my book in.

Having a relationship with the librarians also opens the way for a book launch or other author event down the track. Hopefully they’ll think of me if they need someone to speak about flash fiction or fractured fairy tales, or anything else I write about when I’m published in the future.

So now, all I have to do is wait for the printed version of the anthology to come out so the library can get a copy.

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  1. Fantastic, congratulations! That’s interesting to know. My dad is a published author and he receives a public lending right fee each year, for his books which have been bought for government libraries, so it’s well worth getting in there. I hadn’t thought about it before, just assumed that a certain number of copies of each published book go to the library system. But it makes sense that not all books might make it without some pushing.

  2. Well done Melissa. I shall follow your journey as I too am just about to publish my first book. I sent to the printer yesterday! It’s called Brand Engagement : public relations and other techniques to help make your brand shine. Good luck. Maybe we can compare notes at the next SMART Small Business Forum 90-day event?

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