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My library geekage shows through

While I was trying to wrap my head around the Google settlement and wishing I was writing instead, I discovered my PsyCop series is in WorldCat. YAY. And I discovered that it's being shelved in the mystery (not the romance) section at libraries. YAY.

And that Partners is checked out in Iowa.


It's a bit baffling that all this information is at anybody's fingertips. How did I get through college without the Internet? How???

Oh look, here's Denver. CHECKED OUT!  (I was gonna say ca-ching, but I don't really get paid for library checkouts in anything other than happiness. But believe me. Even though I'll only be a public library employee for another month, the happiness is totally there.)


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Jan. 22nd, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
Congrats! That's pretty cool.

I'm curious how you get into libraries. I assume this is for the paperback and not ebook. Whenever I go to my local library, there's nothing from any author online. I'm curious how you get into libraries to be checked out.
Jan. 22nd, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
Speaking as a writer, I was totally surprised to find PsyCop in a public library.

But in the public library where I work, I know that if someone wanted a book enough to fill out an Interlibrary Loan request (the far-reaching type that looks outside the library system) we would consider buying the book. Sometimes that can be cheaper than doing an Interlibrary loan after staff time and postage both ways is considered.

There's also a specific within-system ratio where if enough customers requested a book that a fellow library in our system had, we would be obliged to eventually buy that title per our consortium agreement.

So someone must have asked for PsyCop! Yay!
Jan. 22nd, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)

And I have now purchased and read all of Channeling Morpheus. I have purchased and read the first two Sweet Oblivion stories. And I just purchased Sweet Oblivion 3, 4, and 5.

Great series. But my heart still belongs to Vic and Jacob.

I love that your work is in libraries in the Heartland and is getting checked out! Making the world a more reasonable place, one text at a time.
Jan. 22nd, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I was a little surprised to see Iowa and Colorado rather than New York and California! When I look at a map who's opening my newsletter, the center of the country's pretty dead.
Jan. 22nd, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
The center of the country is 'pretty dead' because Michael is out there staking things and causing Wild Bill all sorts of grief!
Jan. 22nd, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
Holy crap, you're right. We'll need to send them on vacation somewhere and give the Midwest a chance to repopulate!
Jan. 22nd, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
I'm trying really hard to imagine them on vacation. Does not compute.
Jan. 23rd, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)
Aw, you don't get a payment for library loans? That's not fair. :( The UK has payments, you need to get your books into some UK librabries! Not that you'd get rich or anything. The rate is currently only 6.29 pence per loan, so you'd have to be Nora Roberts or Terry Pratchett or someone to earn enough to buy so much as a cup of coffee.
Jan. 23rd, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
I was just about to say the same thing - get your books into UK libraries, and register for PLR! - (same applies for many european countries)

Worldcat is a thing of joy, really, in so many ways!
Jan. 24th, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't know where to begin forcing my stuff on US libraries, let alone UK libraries. I know that when we get unsolicited books, we typically put them in our book sale, not our collection. We don't have the space to allocate to a book just because the author thinks it should live in our library.
Feb. 2nd, 2010 08:41 am (UTC)
I don't think I gave my comment quite the tone I intended. While it would be awesome to be able to just wave a magic wand and decree that your books would be in every public library in the world, that's hardly fair on the poor librarians, who will be building collections based on their users - and non-users - interests and needs.

Advertising both specific titles and whole genres to public libraries can be fruitful - they need to know it exists in order to decide to buy them - but mostly I was commenting on the US's lack of a PLR-type system.
Feb. 4th, 2010 12:49 pm (UTC)
The magic wand approach? Heck, yeah!!! (I frankly wish I could delegate something to the magic wand approach but it never seems to work out for me.)

It's too bad there are so many scammers in the world. I would happily give my books to public libraries but since it's so easy to fake a letterhead or an email address I suspect the copies would end up on eBay.
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