Tuesday, October 25, 2016

"The Mermaid and the Unicorn" and Libraries

This has not been an easy two weeks for me. I'm dealing with a type of headache I haven't experienced since March, and it is the hardest one to get rid of. I can't eat very much and I'm grumpy and hungry and nauseous and in pain all the time. 

Not at all conducive to writing! 

On the positive side, yesterday I discovered that my local library system has three copies of "The Mermaid and the Unicorn" on order! I didn't do anything to make this happen, so at least one person must have placed a request. Here's the part where I also need to thank my reviewers, because the great reviews that I've been getting would have been excellent data for librarians assessing the purchase. So thank you!

When I announced this news on Facebook, one of my friends mentioned that she didn't realize you could request your library to purchase books.

You absolutely can! In fact, independent authors rely heavily on patron (that's YOU!) requests to get their books in libraries, since we're not represented at the big librarian trade shows unless we manage to get there ourselves (not in the cards for me with my health right now). To make a request, all you have to do is fill out a short form with the book's basic info. You can find all of that on the Amazon page, or refer back to this post

You can talk to a librarian in person, or you can search out the appropriate page on your library website. (In my library system, this link is rather hidden, as one has to go to "contact us" then "feedback and suggestions" and then finally "suggest a purchase".

The info you may need:

Title: "The Mermaid and the Unicorn"
Author: Elizabeth Amy Hajek
Publisher: Geek Haus Press
ISSN/ISBN: ISBN-10: 1535110376 ISBN-13: 978-1535110372
Price: $13.99
Library of Congress Catalog Number (LCCN): 2016911383

While we're on the subject of libraries, I also wanted to share a little bit about "Kindle Unlimited" which is Amazon's subscription based ebook lending library. "The Mermaid and the Unicorn" is available as a title in this service, and one of the tools I have is the ability to see how many pages are read per day! It's pretty fun to watch the graph bounce around! While I don't know for sure how many Kindle Edition Normalized Pages my book comes out it, my best estimate is that I actually get almost as much from my KU payout as I would if people were buying the book. (I only get paid for the first read, however, so if you're planning to read the book over and over you probably just want to buy it).

Okay, headache taking over...gonna go try something else so I can feel better and get back to sequel writing!


AnneMarie said...

Thanks for letting us know how to request it! I just put in a request form with my library :)

Unknown said...

Will keep you in my prayers! :D Yay fir libraries, electronic and building-and-paper! :D

Unknown said...

Also, thanks for sharing such a lovely blog with all us readers! :)