It is great to be back in Seekerville and especially today because I have in my hand my first sale release of THE PRICE OF VICTORY.
To celebrate, I will be giving away a copy of this hard bound book.
And if you read on you will find more surprise prizes.
So grab a cup of coffee (I hope Helen has been here) If not, I do have some chocolate velvet brewing and it will be ready soon.
THE PRICE OF VICTORY is a hard bound book because
Avalon Books (the publisher) specializes in books for libraries. They are specially bound to withstand the handling of many readers who will be checking out the books.
Will you help me out and call your local library and ask for THE PRICE OF VICTORY by Sandra Leesmith.?
Why is this important?
Well, the obvious reason is it would help my sales and support my position with Avalon. smile
But there is a benefit for you also. Every time you check out a book at your local library you are supporting this community resource.
With the economy problems, many communities are looking for ways to cut back expenditures. However, during economy crunches, people depend upon their libraries more than during flush times. The librarian can substantiate his/her budget requests if there is a high demand for books.
For example, when I was teaching, I used to walk my kindergarten class to the library every week. My thirty students would each check out 20 books, giving them a wonderful source of reading material. But the bonus I didn't expect was from the librarian. She informed me that the increased number of books checked out each week provided her with a bigger budget to buy more books.
So support your local library and check out books.
Did I mention that you could ask for THE PRICE OF VICTORY??
I don't always read every book I check out, but I glance through and read the first five pages. I also get a feel for what is in demand. And of course the library is a great place for resource material that you usually only need for the current wip. You can return those books and materials and save space in your office.
Along this note, your librarian will be your best friend when it comes to research. The Resource Librarian is there to help and they LOVE meaningful projects. Give them something to find and they are in heaven. Read Julie Lessman's blog post for more information.
Now you are probably saying, "I don't want people checking out my books. I want them to BUY them."
This is true, but there are plenty of readers out there who do not know your name. Many librarians support local authors. In Scottsdale, Arizona, the librarian invites local writer groups in and provides rooms for meetings, events and presentations. Often librarians feature the local authors and invite them in for speaking engagements. The librarian in Tempe takes paperbacks of local authors and puts a hard bound cover on them to make them more durable. Your librarian is going to make sure everyone in town knows about the local authors. So make sure she knows about you.
They also know their clientele and watch out for the latest books in the genre their clientele are interested in. For example if you come in often and ask what's the latest in inspirational romance and check out every inspirational romance available, they are going to keep their eye out for you. They will purchase books with their regulars in mind, so if regulars check out inspirational, they will order more of that genre. This is a great way to support our genre and the library as well. Remember, many famous authors "arrived" by word of mouth.
Oh and be sure to ask your librarian for a copy of THE PRICE OF VICTORY.
(I know Ruthy. You are going to scold me for being so blatant. LOL) But hey. I'm excited about my new book.
Most libraries are up to date on the latest technology. Our library in Tempe offers classes on social media, the Internet, etc. You can download library books onto Kindle and other electronic readers.
So enjoy the library. Take your friends, relatives, children, grandchildren and spouse. It can be a fun outing. Instead of meeting your girlfriends for lunch (which involves expense and calories) meet at the library instead. Make it an adventure of discovery.
And when you go you know what I'm going to ask you to do??? LOL
Okay, okay, enough promotion. I did promise more surprise prizes.
During my last post I didn't receive my picture book covers until the end of the day. You Easterners were already in bed. So I want to show them off again.
Anyone who comments and shares ways their library has been useful to them will be included in the drawings.
One drawing will be the above mentioned copy of THE PRICE OF VICTORY.
I will draw two names more.
One will receive a copy of: PERCIVAL THE NAUGHTY PRAIRIE DOG.
The third winner will receive a copy of HECTOR WANTS TO PLAY
Since its summer and those two bicycles on the cover of THE PRICE OF VICTORY are sitting on the beach and The Fourth of July is around the corner, how about some snow cones and funnel cakes. Pick your flavor and enjoy.