Netting Library Sales

You And The City

Recently Marlive Harris, owner of the prestigious GRITS Literary Service, university instructor and ardent chuch worker, reminded us all that book clubs and other venues like libraries and independent bookstores, are innundated with thousands of books each year.  Be smart about how you approach any one of them. Your success depends on it.

Approach all these places with due respect, but libraries will probably be the easiest of all to deal with.  They’re there to help the public and they’re geared to giving service.  So, they’re likely to give you an ear.  Please make it an effective effort.  1) Don’t act as if your book is the only one on the horizon. 2) Sit down and briefly sum up the salient parts of your book that will interest library readers. 3) Whatever you do, never knock another author’s book or compare  it unfavorably to yours.  4) Be sure to give good rates to libraries, as well as to other venues. 5) Put your best foot forward; it doesn’t belong in your mouth. Be pleasant, but don’t take up undue time.

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Self-publishing: Useful Sites

Pretty Purple

From time to time I’m going to suggest other sites that you can gather info from to your great advantage.  I’ve dealt with the people who set up these sites and found them to be respectful of your time, money, energy, not to mention your hopes and dreams — or your book.  I’ve found  them to be savvy and willing to do their best for you.  You will hear from them prompty and they don’t have dollar signs for eyes.

Today it’s Wheatmark.com.  I will mention this company often because it’s so far above the others I’ve worked with.  Remember, I’ve studied this field for over 20 years, back when it wasn’t so well regarded.  Now, as the comedian said, “Everybody wants to get into the act.”  And no wonder, so many of those who’ve tried it after studying it carefully are thrilled.

Also, please check into Wheatmark.com/blog.  This particular set of ongoing blogs comes largely from writers who are self-publishing with Wheatmark.  I never fail to find these blogs interesting and informative, and I believe you will too.