All Hail the Librarian
Welcome to Monday Blogs. Usually, this blog is devoted to the writing process—the pitfalls and successes authors struggle through on their journey to fame and fortune. Today, we’re talking about a very different part of that journey. The librarian—he or she is no longer the bespectacled individual of years past, guarding books and ordering children to wash their sticky hands before they touch a book (Did anyone ever go into a library with unwashed hands?)
The librarian can be an author’s entre into a world filled with mystery and adventure. These venerable guardians of books have the ability to create a place for the author to find fans for their books, future readers for their unwritten stories, and a way to connect with those in their community.
How does one go about wooing the librarian? It’s actually very simple. You have some bookmarks, postcards, and business cards in hand when you enter the hallowed halls of the library. Before even entering these doors, you should first do your research—who is the librarian (for you must always address him or her by name), what types of programs do they have (summer reading, weekly groups that discuss books, groups for children and teens), and be ready to hand over an autographed copy of your book(s). That first impression will have the librarian of a financially strapped program smiling and willing to listen to your pitch.
A pitch, you say, about what?
Why, about you making an appearance at the library, about you possibly selling a few copies of your books to interested patrons. This is all part of being an author. You don’t just do signings in bookstores or at events. You must be an integral part of the library system. Not only will you have the opportunity to enlarge your fan base, but the library will have new patrons coming in through their doors.
Far too often, authors ignore one of their best resources when it comes to promotion. We forget that our books need to be on a library’s shelves. We blow off that we can interest our local community in our books by appearing at library events. So, instead of gaining local fans, we concentrate on places where people wander into them without a thought to the poster on the door announcing an appearance. We eschew an easy opportunity to have word of our books spread on social media by new fans from the library by driving hours of flying to an event that promises us exposure to masses of potential fans.
All it takes to find a group of ardent fans who will without recompense talk about our books is to walk through the doors of your local library.
About K.C. Sprayberry
Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.
She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair game when plotting a new story.
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