A few months ago, I tried to persuade my local library to carry a poster advertising this website and the forthcoming book. I had to break out my best bottle of charm, but it did work. Since then, the poster’s gone, but I dropped by the library again just before Christmas to ask them if they’d like to adopt a copy of my book which they eagerly agreed to. So I dropped in today, to see where they’d put ‘New Fire’, and bless me if they haven’t gone and put a nice see-through plastic jacket on it and put it right next to the door on a promotional stand with about two-dozen other books! I sneaked a look inside at the lending record and things are less happy there. It’s yet to be loaned out. Still, sooner or later, it will snare some unsuspecting passer-by.
Tomorrow, ‘New Fire’ is free to Kindle owners. After tomorrow, there will only be one more day it will be available for free and that will be in February.
Amazon UK – ‘New Fire’ – Free on Kindle, 20/01/2013
Amazon USA – ‘New Fire’ – Free on Kindle, 20/01/13
Please let your reading friends know if they haven’t already got it.
It seemed like a reasonable question to me. I stood in the library with a quizical expression on my face and a determination to not move until I got an answer. I asked one more time, just in case I’d done it wrong the last time around.
“So you say you’re prepared to put posters up of local events and places of interest, but you’re not prepared to allow a local author to promote a book…this being a library and all.” I looked at the shelves all around me, as if to make sure I was in the right place. “Don’t you think that’s a shame?”
Well the good lady behind the counter was applying regulations and she had the good grace to acknowledge that it would be nice to allow local authors to promote their books in the library.
“Leave your card with me and I’ll ask the management,” she said.
So I returned five days later and there was good news! Someone in the council run West Sussex library service had graciously agreed to allow me to present an A4 poster advertising my novel which would remain on the notice board (I was promised) for “a while”.
So the moral of this story is ask nicely and then ask nicely one more time. Finally, put on your best confused and slightly hurt expression and then ask the person you’re asking to ask someone more senior, just in case. This leaves me with one problem…I need to print a poster! :-/