Dawn Obeidallah Davis and I spend a morning driving around pitching our books to local libraries. It was a fun morning though we didn’t actually sell any books. Book acquisition for libraries is a process.
This is what we learned:
- There is a book request form at your public library’s website. If you fill that out to request a book, the acquisitions librarian will consider the book.
- The librarian may want to read three reviews before purchasing.
- Librarians generally can not purchase through Amazon, but some can if they have discretionary funds.
- Most libraries hold author events. Some librarians are concerned about attendance for the event, anything you can do to help bring in an audience helps them out.
- Meeting face-to-face is invaluable even if the acquisitions librarian is not available to meet with you. The librarians we talked to were happy to give us business cards of the appropriate person to contact.
- If the library is unable to purchase your book, they will add it to their collection if you donate it.
- When you write the librarian, include the ISBN number of your book.
- It can be difficult to pitch your own book. Going with another author makes it fun and then you can pitch each other!
20 Book Swag Pack Giveaway
We are learning that it takes a village to get your book off the ground and into a library. We are asking our friends and readers if they will help us out.
As a token of our appreciation, we are sending a book swag pack to the first twenty people who request our books for their local library. To receive your swag pack, please email me at email@example.com with the name and city of your library and your mailing address.
Thanks so much!
Our books are:
1) Parenting and Yoga
Mom As You Are: Daily Wisdom For Moms Who Lose It and Want to Mindfully Get It Back by Dawn Obeidallah Davis
2) Keeping Girls in Sports Coaching Manual
How To Coach Girls by Mia Wenjen and Alison Foley
3) Rhyming Picture Book about Japanese Culture
Sumo Joe by Mia Wenjen, illustrated by Nat Iwata
4) Compendium of Diversity Children’s Book Reviews – ebook
Best #OwnVoices Children’s Books: My Favorite Diversity Books for Ages 1-12 by Mia Wenjen
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BEST #OWNVOICES CHILDREN’S BOOKS: My Favorite Diversity Books for Kids Ages 1-12 is a book that I created to highlight books written by authors who share the same marginalized identity as the characters in their books.