Monday, March 8, 2010

Local Libraries Discourage "Book Talks" Unless You're a Big Time Author

I contacted 2 big libraries in my area to offer to give short talks about my book, and I received the same answer: "NO."
Why? "Sorry, your book wasn't published through a major publisher," "Our vendor doesn't buy from self-publishing companies," "We like local authors but only if you have a book with a big publisher."
One local library told me I need to give them free books, then wait three months after I fill out a lot of paperwork. Then they'll let me know if they're interested.
When I was told the library's vendor can only buy books from certain entities, I explained that I have 50 copies (that I bought) and they can buy a couple through me. The answer "NO."
The BOTTOM LINE: If you're self-published, DON'T BOTHER to contact a library to see if they're interested in allowing you to talk about your book, even though you're a local author. They won't. It's all about the money, power and connections.
I'm really disappointed by the answers I received from local libraries who I THOUGHT were supposed to support local authors and encourage local people to read and write books.
There are other places that will be much more receptive and appreciative than wasting any more time on local libraries with red tape and who don't care to promote what they're supposed to be encouraging.

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Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next