Thursday, April 15, 2010

Writer Beware Blogs!: Guest Blog Post: How Libraries Choose Books to Purchase

How Libraries Choose Books to Purchase

This is a great post by guest writer Abigail Goben. Writer Beware Blogs!: Guest Blog Post: How Libraries Choose Books to Purchase Most (if not all) authors would love to see their book/s in libraries all over the country, and some have possibly wondered how do libraries choose their books. The above link opens your eyes to the workings within the library process that gets your book a nay or a yea.

Some suggestions to aid the author are, getting good book reviews, and not only from all your friends and relatives but from professional guides in the industry such as Library Journal, Kirkus, and Publisher's Weekly. Can't get a foot in those doors? Then go for other equally respected avenues such as book review sites of long standing such as ReaderViews and the like.

Another important aspect is the simplest - visual appeal. Make sure your book has a great cover and one that works for readers, not necessarily one that you are hooked on.

Your work may not be what the library is looking for so before you hound your local librarian, why don't you browse the shelves and see what appears to be popular.

Of course, the easiest way to get your book into any library is to donate it, in the hope that people will enjoy it so much they will spread the word, or even purchase their own copy.

Whatever you do, make sure you respect the library and its workers - after all, their job is to run the library and not to promote you. Get to know your local library and if they can't help out, they may be able to refer you to someone who will.

1 comment:

Lisa_Gibson said...

I read this post the yesterday and thought how interesting it was. I always wondered how libraries chose their books. It was great to read it again here. Nice guest post.