We are writers, but we are readers first! Many of us grew up in the corners of libraries and still spend our money on books from bookstores, but did you know that it is possible to get your books into libraries and bookstores as an independent author? Mark Leslie Lefebvre gives some tips in today's interview.
In the introduction, I give an update about my thoughts in coronavirus lockdown here in the UK, and I refer to Mary Oliver's poem Wild Geese [Brain Pickings], a quote from Tolkien seen on the canal towpath (my Instagram), and That Discomfort You're Feeling is Grief [HBR], plus Indie Authors and Coronavirus resources updated every day by the Alliance of Independent Authors; and ACX gives an extra 5% royalty for the next 3 months [ACX blog].
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Mark Leslie Lefebvre writes horror travel books and nonfiction for writers. He's a podcaster at Stark Reflections on writing and publishing, a professional speaker, and a publishing consultant at Draft2Digital.com. His latest non-fiction book is An Author's Guide to Working with Libraries and Bookstores.
You can listen above or on your favorite podcast app or read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and the full transcript below.
- Why now is a good time for indie authors to be approaching libraries
- How Overdrive has recently changed in a way that’s advantageous to indies
- How the digital and print library ecosystem works
- The difference between the one-to-one and the cost-per-checkout model
- Tips on earning from the public lending rights system in Commonwealth countries
- The bookstore business model and why discounts are necessary
- Book formats that are popular in bookstores and libraries – here's how to do large print
- The abundance mindset of offering your books in multiple formats
You can find Mark Leslie Lefebvre at MarkLeslie.ca and on Twitter @MarkLeslie