How To Get Your Books Into Libraries

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How many Indie Authors are interested in getting your self-published books into your local libraries? Have you taken the time to go to your libraries in your city to donate a copy/copies of your book?

I’ve read numerous articles explaining how to get your books into the libraries and they all read like it’s impossible. You need connections or you must have a nice cover, editing, and sell yourself. It’s like going to a job interview, except you’re selling your books.

When I first published my book “The Ghetto Blues” I was too excited and did things that probably wasn’t in my best interest. I was excited and anxious for patrons to read my book! Some of the wrong things came to bite me in my butt, but one thing I did right was, I went to my public library to get my book added to their collection.

In the process of getting my book into the library, I conversed with a librarian. I asked her about Indie Author’s books in their collection, and she told me how libraries do not accept self-published books. Books must have a review from Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal, major newspapers, etc.  The book has to be in demand as well. The self-published book if accepted would have to go through the same protocol as traditional published books.

I was a new self-published author and I had maybe two Amazon reviews and that’s it! I didn’t have any reviews from the library journal or other recommended companies. I had absolutely no connections at all to the collections department. But I wasn’t going to let any of those barriers deter me from getting my book into the local library system!

I left a few copies of my debut book with the librarian to pass along to the collections department. I asked for the contact person’s phone and email address so that I could follow-up with him. A few days later, I phoned the contact person and left a message. No return call for about three days. I emailed the contact person and I received a response back within a few days. It was not the response that I expected. It was a rejection that included no reason as to why my book couldn’t be added to the collection.

I’m a persistent person when you don’t explain things to me, especially if it doesn’t make  sense. I scheduled a meeting with the person’s boss that rejected my book. Well, I didn’t schedule a meeting, I actually went down there on my lunch break to talk to her. The person I needed to speak with was in a meeting. I left a message with her receptionist and explained what happened.

I received a phone call the next day and talked with the person in charge of the collections department. I explained how my book was rejected without an explanation. She had already reviewed my book prior to calling me and decided that she would add my book to the collection. Yayyyy!! right?

Long story short, the collections department and I are on VERY good terms and not only have they added my debut book to their collection, my second published book, “Tar Baby” has been added, and my latest book, “Tar Baby 2” is in the process of being added. I was even called to see if I could donate a few more copies of my debut book!

One of the biggest mistakes that Indie Authors make when they talk to local libraries is that they want the library to buy their book(s). We all want people to buy our book(s), but if you are an unknown author then you probably should be donating until you are able to prove yourself. Meaning, you are able to keep patrons checking out your products on a regular basis. I’m aware that shelf life is limited and they do not want books that are not being checked out. I was told that my book needed to abide by those same rules whether it was donated or not. I’m happy to see that my books are being checked out(see pic above)!

Getting your books into libraries have many advantages, such as, getting them into many Americans hands to read. According to the statistics, there are over 65% of Americans that have library cards. It’s marketing and you are building your brand name and products. I would advise all Indie Authors to donate their books to get their foot into the door. That age old saying, “you got to crawl before you walk” still applies in this situation.

Until next time, love, peace, and positive vibes, all day every day!

 

You Matter

Feeling unappreciated or like you don’t matter is detrimental to your confidence. I am here to let you know that you matter! Every person, animal, or thing matters. From the president, to the CEO, to the housekeeper, YOU MATTER!

If your boss treats you as if you are invisible and gloats about other co-worker(s) that bring him breakfast or lunch to get in his good graces or get that promotion, just know that you still matter. Keep doing what you are doing. Your light hasn’t been dimmed. In fact, it still shines  brighter.

If your spouse doesn’t appreciate all that you do then stay positive and make a decision on whether it’s beneficial to keep doing it. You could have a conversation with him/her to let them know how you feel. Because at the end of the day, YOU MATTER!

As we go through life’s ups and downs, dealing with people that try to take credit for your hard work to feel better about themselves, look at it as doing them a favor, because they probably need it more for their confidence booster. There will be plenty of opportunities for you because positivism breeds positive. You keep thriving because YOU MATTER!

Until next time, love, peace, and positive vibes all day, everyday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ghetto Blues

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I was elated and honored to know that my niece’s friend, Lakeisha had chosen, “The Ghetto Blues” for their book club read. My niece received a lot of positive feedback from the group and they are very interested in more of my work.

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The Ghetto Blues took me approximately one year to write, and I poured my heart and soul into the book because I wrote it for my children and grandchildren. I wasn’t going to publish it until my children and niece recommended it because a lot of people needed to hear my story, and there’s a lot of women out there that can relate. I went back and forth because it’s my personal life and everyone knows how judgmental people can be. But since the release of the book in March 2018, it has helped me tremendously deal with things of my past that I had locked away. It has been therapy and I can say that I feel free. My skeletons are out of the closet and I’ve have helped other women in the process.

I would like to thank LaKeisha and the rest of the ladies/gentlemen that purchased and read my autobiography. A lot of the ladies said that they could relate to my story. It was beautifully written and their emotions was all over the place.

The Ghetto Blues makes you laugh, smile, cry, and be inspired. It’s not a woe me book. It’s a captivating story of perseverance, determination, and never giving up!

Stay encouraged and your light will shine bright.

Until next time, love, peace, and positive vibes all day, everyday.

 

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Lakeisha chose the theme: (musical notes) I love it! So beautiful. (makes me proud)

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The Ghetto Blues synopsis:

My legacy is important to me. I want to leave a legacy that my children and grandchildren could be proud of. A legacy that would be a blueprint for future generations to tweak and make better.

I write this book for future generations to learn, grow, and inspire to be a better you. This book is the story of my life and based on true events. It’s about a young lady that struggled through her identity crisis and was raised in unstable environments and poverty.

A story about a life of tragedy, trepidation, but triumph. I never accepted the ideology of a victim. Instead, I embraced strength, resilience, and a warrior’s philosophy. I fit the perfect description of Tupac Shakur’s meaning of the saying, “a rose that grew from the concrete.” When the odds were stacked against me, I continued to grow mentally, physically, and spiritually.

I believe that you are only a victim when you have no choice; otherwise, you are an enabler. I had no choice being born into poverty, but I had a choice on whether to rise above my circumstances.
My desire was to break the mental and physical chains plagued in our communities and instill new ones for me and my children.

My story goes out to all the people that suffered and survived, The Ghetto Blues. I hope to transform and inspire you to never give up on you.

 

When They See Us

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Left (Korey Wise, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana Jr, and Yusef Salaam)

I watched the documentary, “When They See Us” on Netflix on Friday night. I’d never heard of this case, and to my recollection, it wasn’t covered in Texas media outlets. Words can’t express how I felt watching five innocent young (ages 14, 15, and 16) boys being humiliated and sent to prison for a crime they didn’t commit. I try to be a positive person, but in a world filled with hate and structured racism, it’s like pulling teeth.

If you haven’t seen this documentary, I would advise you with caution. It’s so heartbreaking. It’s definitely a must see if you don’t know about the injustices done toward these young boys. This is a story that needs to be in our history books and never forgotten, like the 911 Attacks, Pearl Harbor, and the Jewish Holocaust. The Central Park 5 should be alongside these travesties. Our children and grandchildren and so forth need to know about the injustices of Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise, and Raymond Santana Jr.

Imagine walking home from school at the age of 14 and being picked up by the police, interrogated, beaten up,  prosecuted, and sentenced to 14 years in prison for a crime that you didn’t commit. The only evidence against you is the color of your skin. Imagine how your life would change forever. Well, this is the reality of these five young men seen in the picture above. Each one of them spent from 6-14 years incarcerated. And what about the District Attorney that prosecuted the case and knew that all five of these young men were innocent? Prosecutor, Linda Fairstein lived her life like a queen, until the movie was released on Friday. Fortunately, she has resigned from the board of trustees at her Alma Mater Vassar college. The talks of her book deal is hanging in the balance via the outrage of social media after seeing the movie. Linda Fairstein’s life deserves to be changed forever just like these young men. Especially, how she knew they were innocent, but to her, it was about winning! What about humanity? linda-fairstein-when-they-see-us

Prosecutor, Linda Fairstein of “Central Park 5”

The sad part about this injustice is, that it’s still happening to this day. There are thousands of innocent people in prison for crimes they didn’t commit.

America is the home of the brave, and the land of the free is what I’ve heard all my life. I see the total opposite. It’s a nightmare in a cage for people with darker hue.

I’d ask anyone that’s reading this to stop what you are doing, understand, and put yourself in others’ shoes. It’s the only way we will have compassion and see the human in humanity.

Until next time, love, peace, and positive vibes.

 

 

Tar Baby

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Tianna Thompson is an adolescence trying to find her way in a world where her skin complexion is the center of attention.
She’s ridiculed by classmates and even her own family because of her dark chocolate skin.
The name calling starts in elementary school and gets worse in high school.

Tasha is Tianna’s bestfriend and has had her back since elementary school fighting against the bullies. Tianna and Tasha have a lot in common such as, they both are known as Tar Babies.

Tasha has an older brother, Jackson that’s secretly in love with Tianna. But Jackson isn’t the only guy that wants Tianna. Her male friend, Jamal who is on his way to the NBA will stop at nothing to convince Tianna that he’s the man for her present and future.

Tianna loves both Jackson and Jamal, but she loves one as a friend and the other as a lover.
Will Tasha end her twelve-year friendship with Tianna if she finds that her best friend is in love with her brother?
Will Tianna chose between her heart or friendship?

This is the first book of a two-part series.

 

Grateful

There’s a time to be humble but today is not the day. I want to shout to the world of how grateful I am to wake up and see that Tar Baby 2 has reached the #1 ranking on Amazon for New Releases!

Now, that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let me settle down and be humble and grateful.

I want to give a shout-out to my co-author, my daughter, Tahirah! We did it!

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Tar Baby 2 ~Tianna’s Story

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Tianna Thompson story continues as her life takes an unexpected change.
She is keeping a secret learned after her ex-boyfriend, Mark brutally attacked her.
Jamal is the only one that knows her secret and he will do anything for her. But will the consequences of what she’s hiding destroy their friendship or bring them closer together?

Tasha has uncovered Tianna’s secret and revealed it to her brother Jackson. Jackson is in town to find the truth as he and Jamal continue vying for Tianna’s love.

Tasha, Jamal, and Jackson, the characters in Tar Baby are back in Tar Baby 2 to continue Tianna’s story.

Tar Baby 2 takes you on a ride. Hold on tight until the end. It will shock you.

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