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INDIE AUTHORS LIBRARY SERVICES SURVEY

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

The Arizona Library Association has chosen my workshop, Don’t Be a Dream-Killer, Help Indie Authors Help You,  to be presented at the annual conference in Mesa, Arizona on October 26. I’ll be speaking to librarians from all over the state on the subject of better serving their Indie Author patrons. If you’re an Indie Author, this is your opportunity to have input on the subject. Please use the survey below and your experience with your library as a basis for your input. Please send your completed survey directly to Melinda.

Indie Authors Library Services Survey

Please use the survey questions below and your personal experience with your library as a basis for your suggestions of how libraries may better serve their Indie Author patrons.

  1. How do I get my book in the library catalog system? Will the library buy my book? Or should I donate it?
  2. Can the library help me promote my book with book talks, signings and other events at the library?
  3. Who in my library has been the most help to me in providing information and support for my Indie Author publishing and promotions? What could the library do better?
  4. How can I help the librarians “help” me—what do I need from librarians in terms of information and support that will save me and the library time and money?
  5. What do I believe I can do to better support my library/librarians?

Please list any other questions and concerns you may have that you wish Arizona librarians to address regarding serving their Indie Author patrons.

Mmmmm’s ONEBOOKAZ Book Tour–Hello, YUMA!

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

I’ve always treasured librarians. My mother-in-law is a retired librarian, who trained her son in the dark art of cataloguing and organizing data. That’s what brought us together. I needed help organizing data for an adult education research project I was directing at UNLV and Bob stepped into my office with exactly the skillset the project (and I) required. Then and now. He’s ever my beloved patron and currently serving as a roady for my book tour of Arizona libraries.

Arizona State Library's ONEBOOKAZ Winner Table, Tempe Book Festival 4-16-16

Arizona State Library’s ONEBOOKAZ Winner Table, Tempe Book Festival 4-16-16

Last Saturday Bob the Roady and I toured to the Tempe Library for their Book Festival. What a wonderful venue for booklovers and authors to meet each other in a beautiful setting. The Arizona State Library hosted me and my OneBookAZ 2016 literary contest winning book, The Haunting of Josh Weston, at a great table downstairs outside the Teen Room. I also served on a Teen Reviewer panel and got updated on their favorite reads, as well as what they saw as the new hotness in YA books. Dystopian fantasy is still of interest, but super heroes are the next big thing for some. I say how about a cool ghost story set on a hidden ranch in northwestern Arizona?

We’re at the Yuma Library on Saturday, April 23, at 2:00. I’ll be giving a workshop on the Power of Place in Your Story, as well as signing books. See you there, I hope!