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How to Use the Library to Promote Your Book

Here are a few more ideas to promote your book, that is thinking outside the box, so to speak. You can use the library to help promote your book, and it’s even better if you live in or near a big city. Some of the big cities have a main branch but then they have smaller ones connected. So, like my city has the main one downtown and then they have at least 5 smaller ones in the suburbs, so that is 6 libraries that you can use right there. Here are some ways you can use the library to promote your book.

1. You can ask the library to put your book in their collection; it’s a pretty easy process, or have one of your friends or family member do it for you. Also, you can donate your book to the library book sale, which will help get your book into someone’s hand (who would promote it to their friends if they like it) and it would help the library, so that is a win-win.

2. You can do a book signing at the main branch and all the other branches too, so that’s a few different places to reach more readers.

3. You can teach a writing class there (at mine you can, you should check your local library to find out).

4. You can start a book club and add your book to the list for them to read. Then you can help other authors out by promoting their books to the group as well. Then maybe the other authors would do the same for you.

5. You might be able to teach an online class too. I know my library has a lot of classes people can take online, you can talk about how to write a certain genre, for instance.

6. Become a regular and get to know the librarians. Usually, they love to help their patrons, especially the regulars.

7. You can make a flyer or poster and ask them to put it on their bulletin board, either a physical one and/or an online one.

8. Same with business cards, but make sure you check first, as they might have some rules about solicitations.

9. If you are an author for a kid’s book, then you can ask if you can read your book for their storytime.

10. Last but not least, see if you can volunteer as a librarian or work in their library book sales so you can get to know more people; just be careful not to be too spammy when talking about your book.

I’m sure there are many more ways, those are just the ones I could come up with for now. I am lucky to live in a large city with a wonderful library. Your best bet would be to talk with the librarians, you never know what other ideas they could come up with. After all, who knows more about promoting books than librarians? One more plus is that not only will you find some new fans, but maybe you will find some new friends as well. I know that is hard for adults to do these days. And friends love to help friends. Good luck, and I hope to be able to check your book out soon.

Written by Readers’ Favorite Reviewer Renee Guill