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Vonnie at Carroll County Farmer's Market When I started the writing journey, I thought I had a clear picture of the book publishing world. Wrong!

I slid into book publishing via my work as an illustrator. I was lucky enough to stand next to an indie author in aerobics class who’d lost her illustrator suddenly. She was telling me about her plight, and I mentioned I was an illustrator. Many hours and illos later, her book (with my illos) was picked up by a major publisher, and I ended up illustrating her 8 books with Prima Publishing.

When it came to my 1st book, Leprechaun Cake & Other Tales, again I slid into book publishing. This time, I was set to design, typeset, and layout a book for the Vegetarian Resource Group (an Indie Press). The author bowed out at the last moment, and my book project slipped into her publishing slot.

Nowadays, I slog along with the rest of the small press authors. A couple of things I’ve learned: few people know your books (even if you’ve sold thousands) and even fewer know your name. You can’t convince someone to like your book, and it’s difficult to convince them to buy your book unless they already read the type of book you’re writing.

A few more lessons learned about book publishing: Friends of friends or family members will ask you to read and critique their book (for free) on a regular basis. You need to find a nice way to say, “No.” Your writing time is valuable (and limited), so you need to focus on your own writing. I often suggest a writers’ group or class for peer input.

Countless people will talk to you at an author’s event or signing about the idea they have for a great book, then ask if you’d like to write it for them. Again, the answer is “No.” If the idea is worth writing about, they need to write their own book. They’re the person with the passion about the idea – not you.

Also, people want to learn the secret to getting their book published. To which I always answer: “Hard work, persistence, and a little luck.” I wish there was a secret I could share which would quickly get their book on a fast track to publication, but there isn’t one.

And remember, free candy will always attract potential customers to your book display at an event. 🙂

Lastly, librarians and Indie bookstore clerks are a small press author’s friends. These are people who care about books and readers.

An interesting article on the subject, 24 Things No One Tells You About Book Publishing, adds to my ideas and is well worth the read.

Find my books on Amazon and elsewhere. Happy reading!

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Author Diana Gabaldon “Overall, the library held a hushed exultation, as though the cherished volumes were all singing soundlessly within their covers.” – Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

First, let me say I’m a sucker for all book-positive library quotes. Plus, I’m a fan of Diana Gabaldon and her books. So this quote is naturally one of my favorites. (And I hold librarians in the highest esteem, since they are the custodians of books and steadfast promoters of reading).

I’ve had the privilege of hearing a number of authors speak at libraries (and I have gladly traveled hours to hear these author talks). Here’s a you-tube video of Diana Gabaldon, June 20, 2014, at Toronto Public Library which I hope you’ll enjoy. It does come with a warning – Diana writes for adults, so some of the content is a little racy!

Do you ever go to hear authors talk about their books?

 

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I love books – the look of them, the weight of them in my hands, the smell of them, the sound of their pages turning… Well, you get the idea. Therefore, I love libraries (and librarians are on my top kind of people list).

I’ve had the pleasure of visiting the fabulous library in Dublin, where The Book of Kells and other ancient manuscripts are housed, as well as many other wonderful libraries including the local Branch a few miles from my home. Now, I’d like to go on a library tour of the USA to visit the 10 libraries listed in this link.

Do you have a favorite library?

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