Publicity Tip #24
Knowing Your Rights~
This is a lie.
Whether you self-publish with a print-on-demand distributor or a small printing press it is within your power to make it possible for brick and mortar book stores and libraries to order your book and have it available on their shelves.
In the United States, you would contact the Library of Congress.
In Canada, you would contact Library and Archives Canada.
Each institution works in a similar manner but with subtle differences. However, the fact remains the same – by contacting these institutions and connecting with a representative in Acquisitions to arrange to deposit a certain number of your books, you will become ‘official’ in the eyes of the country.
When these institutions have the requested number of copies for your book and you’ve fill out and submitted the accompanying paperwork, you are legitimized. Book stores and Libraries will have access to your work without question. They can order copies from you or your distributor and legally carry your books on their shelves. No more worries about finding space on the consignment shelves or begging local libraries to take your book for free to keep in their local authors section.
Knowledge is power.
As a published author you have the right and the ability to make this happen. Don’t let another uninformed person tell you, “It can’t be done.” Broaden your distribution channels and give yourself the opportunity to be seen and heard.