The Best Ways to Get Your Self-Published Book in City Library

So, you’ve written a cool book. You want to get it out in the hands of your demographic. If you’re like me, you’re thinking about how you can get it in your local library, right? I’m not totally sure, but small-towners may have a much easier time getting their self-published book in the local library than us city folk. Libraries get bombarded with submission requests. Although I don’t claim to have all the answers, this is what I was told from our local county library system:

Reviews from industry sources will improve the ability of selectors to fully evaluate your book. Review sources for independently published materials include:

Small Press Reviews:

Apparently not accepting submissions at this time. Fine.

Kirkus Indie Book Reviews :

Pay to get reviewed? Kirkus Indie Book Reviews is wanting 350 dollars for a review. Not sure I can afford that!

Independent Publisher:

There submission guidelines are pretty straight forward.  It does sound like they probably choose winners of the IPPY Awards (their awards), or from indie submissions. Cool.

How We Choose Books for Review

IndependentPublisher.com publishes original reviews of noteworthy new titles, chosen by our editorial staff from review submissions and entries into our six awards contests. We also feature books in articles and round-ups throughout the year. We review these books to bring increased recognition to the thousands of great — and often overlooked — independently published titles released each year. This is also why we launched our first book awards contest, the Independent Publisher Book Awards, in 1996.

Winning a book award and getting a good review published are two of the best marketing tools available to the independent publisher today. To be considered for a review, send your book to the address below. If your title is chosen, a member of the editorial staff will contact you with a link to the completed review.

IP, 1129 Woodmere Ave, Suite B, Traverse City MI 49686

Independently published books entered into our awards contests will also be considered for review. See here for more details about each awards program.

Midwest Review:

There guidelines are also pretty straight forward. If you are submitting ebooks, pre-publication manuscripts, galleys, uncorrected proofs, ARCs, or pdf files, expect to pay 50 bucks.  From what I can tell, it’s free to send them a hard copy of your book.

To submit a print book for review, we require the following:

  1. Two copies of the published book.
  2. A cover letter.
  3. A publicity or press release. This (or the cover letter) must include either a physical address or an email address to send the review to.

Send to:

James A. Cox
Editor-in-Chief
Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive
Oregon, WI 53575

Booklife:

Booklife has a couple of options I believe. You first need to create an account. From there, you can send ebooks or hard copies.  They have a completely free option for a possible review, and if I’m not mistaken, a paid option for a guaranteed review.

In Closing

I was only told about these particular industry review sources.  I can’t say if a review anywhere else would help or not. Don’t let it discourage you from trying!

Remember, even after getting your book reviewed from one of the above industry reviewers won’t guarantee you a spot in the library system. It only gives you an “improved chance.”  Make sure your book is available to buy at a book store or somewhere because if you do get a spot, they’ll need to be able to pick up a copy.

In the case of children’s books; make sure the copy of your book is going to hold up to the abuse of thousands of tiny hands. Most of the children’s books I check-out are hardbound for this very reason!  “Only materials that are sturdily bound, preferably sewn or glued (without spiral or comb bindings) will be considered. Books with pages designed to be filled in or torn out by the reader will not be purchased.”

Good luck and keep writing!

-Anders

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Local Author receives national recognition from the 11th Annual National Indie Excellence® Awards!

Los Angeles: — The 11th Annual National Indie Excellence® Awards recognized (Title of Book by Author’s Name) in the category of (Category) as a (winner/finalist) in this year’s competition.

This prestigious National award is open to all English language books in print from small, medium, university, self and independent publishers.

The National Indie Excellence® Awards exists to help establish independent publishing as a strong and proud facet of the publishing industry. Recognizing authors that put their heart and soul into their work, the NIEA is a champion of self-publishers and the small, independent presses that go the extra mile to produce books of excellence in every aspect. Established in 2007, the NIEA competition is judged by experts from all aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters.

Winners and finalists are determined based on ‘overall excellence of presentation- a synergy of form and content.  Priscilla and the Sandman is a Children’s Picture Book Age 4-8. Priscilla, a child is doing everything to stay up. That is until mom tells her about the Sandman. The Sandman visits her and takes her on a journey of delicious rhyming and eye candy. It’s visually stunning and a fun read for children.

 “We are proud to announce the winners & finalists whose books truly embody the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you all for your fine work.” –Ellen Reid, Founder NIEA

For more information please visit: www.indieexcellence.com

 A NEW BED TIME FAVORITE!five-stars
I have 3 small kids, 4, 7 & 9. This book had all 3 of their attention spans from beginning to end. My 7 year old especially loved it. She sat there with her mouth open in pure amazement the whole time. It was even enjoyable for me to read, my attention span with a book is far worse than a child’s! The illustrations were so fun and the story itself made us all want to dream about the Sandman! My 7 year old was so infatuated with it, she wanted to take it to school and read it to her 2nd grade class. Luckily, she has an amazing teacher that let her stand up in front of the class and read it to them all on her own. Her classmates loved it and her teacher thought it was adorable! She stashes it under her pillow at night, and carries it in her backpack during the day. It is definitely the new top pick at story time in my house now!
-Misty Burke ( A Mother)
Great Dreamsfive-stars
What a fun book! The illustrations are rich and imaginative.  Very lyrical and super FUN for kids of all ages!
– A Mother
Beautiful!five-stars
This book is a sweet story with amazing illustrations. I can see this book quickly becoming a favorite read before bed.
– Phillip Brown
A fun children’s book with pretty illustrationsfive-stars

This is a great bedtime book for young children, and is filled with imaginative illustrations. It’s upbeat, positive, and will leave your children wishing they too could visit the “Land of Sweets.”

– Bemis
.My daughter and I read this book together and loved it. She wants to read it everydayfive-stars
My 4 year old daughter and I read this book together and loved it. She wants to read it everyday and is hoping the sandman will visit us soon! We loved the gummy bears and pancakes! Very cute
-Amazon Customer
“Sweet” bedtime story!five-stars
Very well written. Simple words with pleasant rhymes makes it easy for children to follow along, while keeping their minds engaged while relaxing. Beautiful images!!
-Amy Pack
Five Starsfive-stars
My kids loved this book!! They really loved the illustration in the candy land! Thanks so much!
-Bre

I liked Priscilla and the Sandman because of the illustrations. They look so real and give you a good picture of what the Land of Sweets looks like. I like that Priscilla’s stuffed bunny is in every picture, and I had fun looking for him. I read this book while eating animal crackers, just like the ones that are performing for the Gumdrop Queen. I think that Priscilla is drawn to look like the author’s daughter, and the Sandman cat probably looks like her pet cat.

-Jewel, Age 9, KidsBookBuzz

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“Mr. Roseberg has brilliantly unveiled the secret adventures of the Sandman and what goes on when we sleep. Through the eyes of a young sleeping Priscilla, one is soon exposed to a land of custard cream moats, jelly bean raindrops and pancake trampolines.

‘Priscilla and the Sandman’ is a precious and entertaining story, based on Mr. Roseberg’s clever imagination and an experience he had while rocking his own baby daughter to sleep while singing. It is no secret that parents often have a challenging time getting their children to go to sleep. Mr. Roseberg is quick to demonstrate such is not the case while reading ‘Priscilla and the Sandman’.  By the turn of the last page, through the clever, engaging written verses, a child is certain to visit Mr. Sandman in his land of sugar-coated dreams, as they drift off to sleep.

Mr. Parajes, along with Mr. Roseberg give Willy Wonka a run for his chocolate factory money with their illustrations in ‘Priscilla and the Sandman’. The drawings are not only delicious, some are quite decadent, too. The popcorn, gummy bears and marshmallows almost tempt one to sample the page. ”

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Mihaela Pop, From Words to Worlds says,

“Parents tell stories to children to open their minds and their hearts, so the story before bedtime is not an insignificant routine but a tradition that brings bonding, positive energy and a powerful impulse to imagination.

The land of sweets is not an invitation to an unhealthy food consuming behaviour but a presentation of how children’s imagination works, a representation of their creative and prolific mind.”

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