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Jim Cox Report: January 2023
Dear Publisher Folk, Friends & Family:
The subject for this month is "Selling Books To Libraries". The library is a critically important and available customer for authors and publishers -- and not to be overlooked by the self-published author or the niche publisher. I might also add that some 60+ years ago I was a self-published author with a print run of 1,000 that sold out in about six months. My marketplace included the bookstores and libraries of Salt Lake City and Provo Utah (home to Brigham Young University where I was in attendance at the time).
And for the first few years of becoming a full time and professional book reviewer, I was also privileged to be an acquisitions consultant for the South Central District community libraries. So I'm fairly familiar with what it will require when selling books to community and school libraries.
In this current age of the internet it is no longer necessary for the author/publisher who is new to the task of marketing to libraries to have to 'reinvent the wheel'. Here are some invaluable internet resources of information and instruction that you will find useful when selling books to libraries:
How To Sell Your Book To Libraries
Capturing the Lucrative Library and School Markets
Checklist for Selling to Libraries & Schools
A 7-Step Plan for Selling to Libraries
Selling Your Books to Libraries
How to Encourage 4,000 Libraries to Buy Your Book
Marketing to Libraries: Basics (American Library Association)
Selling Your Books to Libraries
How to Sell More Books to Libraries
How to Sell Thousands of Books (or E-Books) to Libraries
So You Can Create Ongoing Passive Income For Years
How to Sell Books to Libraries
How to Sell POD Books or License Ebooks to Libraries
My advice is to not trying to cover all these internet resources in one go, but take 30 minutes a day and go through them one at a time -- taking copious notes along the way. Together, these on-line resources will provide an excellent DIY in-service training with respect to knowing how (and when) to sell books to a K-12 school, college, university, or community library.
Here is a review of a new book that might be of interest to authors, publishers and bibliophiles:
Dreaming on the Page
The Collective Book Studio
9781685550127, $19.95, PB, 240pp
Synopsis: With the publication of "Dreaming on the Page: Tap Into Your Midnight Mind to Supercharge Your Writing", Tzivia Gover has created an instructional guide and reference for writers of all genres, ranging from casual journal-keepers, to experienced authors, to anyone who aspires to writes.
"Dreaming on the Page" reveals how to: Turn your dreams into poems and stories; Supercharge your poetry and prose; Blast through writer's block; Use brain science to help harness your creative powers; Have an endless supply of rich writing prompts -- and so much more!
"Dreaming on the Page" is about knowing how to 'tap into your midnight mind to supercharge your writing".
Critique: Unusual, unique, fascinating, inspiring, "Dreaming on the Page: Tap Into Your Midnight Mind to Supercharge Your Writing" by Tzivia Gover is unreservedly recommended reading for aspiring writers and experienced authors alike. Thoughtful and thought-provoking, exceptionally well organized and presented, "Dreaming on the Page: Tap Into Your Midnight Mind to Supercharge Your Writing" is especially recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library Writing/Publishing collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Dreaming on the Page: Tap Into Your Midnight Mind to Supercharge Your Writing" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).
Editorial Note: Tzivia Gover (https://thirdhousemoon.com/) is the founder of Dreaming on the Page classes and workshops, and the author of several books, including The Mindful Way to a Good Night’s Sleep. She teaches programs internationally, domestically, and online. She is also a Certified Dreamwork Professional and a Certified Proprioceptive Writing instructor. Gover has an MFA from Columbia University in creative nonfiction
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