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Fiona Ingram

I have found the same problem (reluctant libraries)and a possible reason is that regional libraries may have to ask permission from a head office or centre - the old red tape issue. (That's my problem in South Africa) Another stumbling block can be that libraries do NOT want authors to sell books from the reading; one should make sure of individual library policy on this. Authors should also ensure their book is registered on WorldCat, the library system listing books for libraries. That will give more credibility. Authors should also try to get several 'professional' reviews from review sites/magazines that are respected, and make sure they include these in their query letter. One might not have a Kirkus Review to hand, but three or four solid reviews from respected sites can be equally persuasive.
Authors can try a subtle approach by giving the librarian a batch of bookmarks and postcards to give away and arouse interest, and then discreetly suggest an author reading and a book donation if enough interest is generated. Then there is no pressure on the library and they have got something to give to subscribers.
Another option is to approach literacy or reading centres where they are really book needy and open to suggestion or else just more flexible.


Terrific ideas Fiona! Thanks for sharing.

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