Monday, May 4, 2015

Love Inspired at the Library

My name is Keli Gwyn, and I love libraries. I have a hunch I'm not alone.

Since the author copies of my first Love Inspired Historical, Family of Her Dreams, arrived recently, I'm busy thinking of ways to spread the word about my story.

Promotion can be fun, especially when it involves giving away copies to eager readers. (Heads up! I'll be offering an autographed print copy two different times next month when I post here at Love Inspired Authors.)

Since Family of Her Dreams is set here in California's Gold Country where I live, I'm sure local folks would find it interesting. But how can I get the book into their hands?

I asked myself where avid readers hang out. The answer was easy: at the library.

When my debut novel released, our local library was happy to add copies of my book to their shelves. A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California was a full-size trade paperback, so they had no trouble accepting it. I wasn't sure if they would accept copies of my LIH, though.

Having learned that it doesn't hurt to ask, I marched into the library with a copy of my shiny new book in hand. I asked the librarian who oversees their author events if they would shelve copies if I were to donate them.

To my surprise, the answer was yes! It turns out they have a new section just for the smaller mass-market paperbacks. Of course I had to visit the section and see if I could spot any Love Inspired titles

Sure enough I did! Sherri Shackleford's August 2014 release, The Cattleman Meets His Match, was on the shelf. There are several more Love Inspired titles in the collection, but they were all checked out.

Now that I know my library carries the LI titles, I'll be donating copies of those I've read so others can enjoy them as well. The more readers we can introduce to Love Inspired, the better, right?

Does your local library shelve books from the Love Inspired lines?
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Debby Giusti said...

I need to check my library! Thanks for the reminder! And congrats on your new release, Keli!

Keli Gwyn said...

Thanks for sharing in my excitement, Debby. I'm delighted to be writing for Love Inspired Historical.

Jackie Smith said...

Yes, Keli, they do!!! It is a very small town library, and so many ladies prefer the LI books. That surprised me when I moved here. I am glad to share mine with them!!!

Keli Gwyn said...

Jackie, it's nice that your library shelves LI books. I appreciate you sharing those you've read with them. I enjoy introducing readers to the LI authors.

Jennifer said...

Mine does carry some but they're older and I have already read them. My TBR pile has gotten too big and so I have to behave for awhile. :) Jenny