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Wait, we’re already shelved?

Brad’s out hiding Easter eggs (okay, he said he was out in the field doing army things. But I have my suspicions. If your Easter egg comes in OD green with “front toward enemy…”), and I’m waiting on a root canal tomorrow morning, so instead of a long article about how to get your book into libraries, I’m going to give you the link that started it all:

https://www.worldcat.org/

Yes, you can search for your favourite indie (and trad!) authors, to see what libraries they’re in. (You do have to put a zip or postal code into the search, though. Any zip or postal code, not necessarily your own.)

It’s not completely comprehensive – I know Peter’s in a few more libraries than mentioned here, because our own tiny town library isn’t mentioned, and I found this link after being told that a friend’s sister down near Lubbock noticed Peter’s westerns in her small-town library. (The librarians were very happy to find new westerns!) But it’s pretty cool.

To all those wonderful fans and readers who agitate to get our books into libraries so others can enjoy the stories, and to all the librarians who shelve us – you’re awesome! Thank you!

17 Comments
  1. c4c

    April 1, 2018
  2. Not in a library yet, but I’m in bookshops and even in Japan, which is like exporting coal to Newcastle.

    April 1, 2018
    • Dorothy Grant #

      Hey, congrats on that! Here’s hoping you’ll be big in Japan!

      April 1, 2018
      • That would be just so ironic. Western author write RealRobo mecha novel that sweeps Japan. But, so awesome too!

        April 1, 2018
        • There’s stuff that gets popular in Japan, or other places overseas, that doesn’t break midlist in the US. A.J. Quinnel’s Creasy series of books (starting with Man on Fire) were popular in Japan and Europe; but I don’t get the impression that it broke midlist in the US.

          April 1, 2018
  3. Christopher M. Chupik #

    The Enigma Front anthologies I’m in are on a few shelves in Canada. No libraries yet.

    April 1, 2018
    • Dorothy Grant #

      Very cool! All the “how to get in bookstores” articles I’ve seen are US-focused; maybe I should ask you for a Canadian-centric article on that?

      April 1, 2018
      • Christopher M. Chupik #

        I wish I knew! 😀

        What I do know is that it can be hard to get a book in a library if you’re from a small publisher.

        April 1, 2018
  4. Good heavens, one of my books is in a library in Perth, Australia! How that happened I can only guess. Another is in a library at Harvard, Cambridge Mass. Again – how the heck?
    What is reassuring is that many of the libraries in the Hill Country have most of my books. Which is reassuring, because that is where they are set, mostly.

    April 1, 2018
    • Dorothy Grant #

      That’s awesome! And isn’t it cool to know that people you’ve never met, in places you never expected, enjoy your stories?

      April 1, 2018
      • I know … I think it’s the one about the Harvey Girl, working in the railway restaurants in the 1880s American West, and touching on the great 1900 hurricane which nearly wiped out Galveston – so that is even more awesome! That someone in Perth would even find it interesting … of course, they may have me mixed up with another Celia Hayes from Australia, who writes modern rom-com…

        April 1, 2018
        • Well, Australia had its own frontier stage and great railway expansion. I know Louis L’Amour books were highly prized in South African military camps, so some things may transcend nations to strike a common fronteir chord.

          April 1, 2018
  5. I’m not in any libraries, but that makes since, since I have so few books in paper, and I’m not using Ingrham/Lightening Source.

    April 1, 2018
  6. MattB #

    I know Peter’s first novel is in at least one library here in NZ, because I requested it! The local public library takes requests, and as a bonus you get first crack at the book when it comes in.
    Only one request per person per month though, so I’ll request the others in time. 🙂

    April 1, 2018
    • Dorothy Grant #

      Thank you! Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

      April 1, 2018
      • MattB #

        Oh, i certainly did! It was a good ripping (not the bodice kind) adventure romping across the star lanes 🙂

        April 2, 2018

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