A Small Favor

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Friday, May 7, 2010
Some of you know

that my publisher's business plan is primarily focused on the library markets.  It's especially important that I build a presence in the library world.  Which gives me an excuse to spend a lot of time in libraries, which I love to do anyway.  But it's nice when I start to make inroads into new library markets.  So I was pleased to see some promising library data yesterday.

Looking at the library catalogs in the 50 largest cities in the U.S. (that is, largest in terms of population), 20 currently own at least one copy of at least one of my titles.  Which is not, in an absolute sense, a significant number of book sales, but it is huge in terms of reach.  And I am still at a point in my life as a writer where building readership is more important than making sales.  I've also begun to notice a handful of copies turning up in college and university libraries. 

And international sales.  Again, in absolute terms, it's an insignificant number, but I love the thought that you can find a  book in a library in Queensland Australia or in Victoria.  In Regina Saskatchewan or Hebbville Nova Scotia, or traveling the back roads in a book mobile in New Brunswick Canada.   I especially like thinking about the book mobile.

As best I can tell, you can now find library copies of It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder in 38 states.  And in more than a few cases, I can spot the handiwork of wonderful xangans who went to their libraries and asked them to order a copy.  Thank you. 

My goal is to get the book into libraries in all 50 states.  So I have a favor to ask.  If you happen to live in Alabama or Delaware, in Hawaii, Montana or Nevada, in North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, in South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia or Wyoming, it would really make my day if you asked your public library to order a copy of It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Murder.  If you happen to be a college student, or you work at a college, if you would ask your college library the same.  Let me be honest here for a moment, I don't really care where you live, as long as there's a library nearby.

I may not have the most readers, but I have the best readers.  Thank you.

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