Not too long ago I wrote a post about what it takes for an author to get their book into a local library. At the time I was a little disheartened to find out how many hoops I’d have to jump through just to get The Saga into one of the libraries here in Vegas. They wanted letters of introduction, paid reviews from notable sources (like our Packmates’s rave reviews weren’t enough?), approval from their committee…a blood sacrifice to the gods, a first-born child and a complicated dance around a fiery pit on the next dark moon.
But then a funny thing happened. Wendi told me a friend of hers, Barbara, had gone to the Warren Township Library in Chicago. Barbara strolled up to the reception desk and asked if they had Bonds of Blood & Spirit: Loyalties. When the librarian gave her a blank look and shook her head no, Barbara expressed her surprise, “What? You don’t have it here? Why not? You need to have this book on your shelf.”
Stunned in the face of a totally shocked and appalled Packmate, the poor librarian did the only thing she could do; she ordered the book.
Over the weekend I got a call from Wendi. “Guess where I am?”
“Home?” I took my most obvious shot. It was the weekend, after all.
“Las Vegas?” A surprise visit would be fun. Unlikely, but fun.
“Those are good guesses, but no.”
I gave up.
“I’m at the library and you’ll never guess what they have!”
Now, you would think the logical answer would be Loyalties. Alas, no. The library had ordered Legacies, the fourth book in the series, by mistake.
“Well now,” I said, “they’ll just have to order the other three, won’t they?”
Indeed. Wendi was told they only order the first book in the series to see how the book does, but by the time Wendi got done working her charm, the librarian was off to order the rest of the books in the series. You can’t just have one and four and not two and three, right? Unless, of course, you’re involved in a Monty Python skit.
This made me think how easy that was. It also made me think that not all libraries were created equal. Like the brick and mortar bookstores, each one must have their own policies regarding local talent.
I brought this up at my LV Fiction Writers’ Mastermind. As we sat there in the café at our usual table, sipping our iced coffee and talking shop, I recounted the story of The Book. I also recalled how Doc Nixon (one of our author clients and a good friend) got his book, 50 Shades of Grades, into the Paseo Verde library over in Henderson without all the rigamarole the Clark County Library had outlined.
General consensus at the table was Henderson was much more open about accepting local author books and I should check them out. So, I did. I came home, found their contact info on the web and shot them an email.
Turns out all you have to do is go there, book in hand, and say you want to donate it. No muss, no fuss. Henderson is more than happy to put a local author on the shelf—provided you have a sturdy, professional looking product. Otherwise they reserve the right to put it in the bargain bin.
That’s great news for us Las Vegas authors and for me and Wendi. One more step on the ladder to success and adding to the ranks of Packmates.
In fact, you can help. Read this post for details on The Great Packmate Mission.
And Now For Something Completely Different
You may have caught that reference to a writing mastermind. It’s true, I started an intimate little group of local writers. The meetings are casual, informative and always, always fun. But I wanted something bigger. Something on par with the Romance Writers of America, only for Paranormal authors.
Unfortunately after an exhaustive search, I couldn’t find anything like that in Las Vegas. One would think in a major city there would be a group like that. Oh, don’t get me wrong, there were some fine groups. There was the local chapter of RWA, and the Southern Nevada Writers’ Group, but I wanted other Paranormal authors, specifically.
Now, if you’ve known me for a while you’ll know that if I can’t find what I want or if I’m already in something and I see how I could do it better, I’ll just strike out on my own and do it. There’s risk for ya. Only when I’m all hopped up on a new idea, it doesn’t strike me as risky at all. Just fun.
Las Vegas now has one more writing group in town, the Blue Sun Studio Paranormal Writers of Las Vegas. This is going to be a bit more formal in structure compared to our casual Sunday morning get-togethers. Each month we’ll have a presentation done by me or one of the members with a topic pertinent to what it takes to be an author/writer in this Golden Age of Information.
I invite all Packmates interesting in upping their writing game to come out and join us. Click here for the where’s and when’s, meet the other Paranormal authors in the area and take part in the discussions.
In Other News
Lastly, if you’ve been following us on Facebook, you’ll have noticed a lot of posts about bees. What’s that all about, you ask? I’ll tell you. Wendi and I are getting ready to break ground on the new series, with the overall series working title The Color of Storms.
This new series takes the Pack beyond the borders of the Valley, facing challenges on a much bigger global scale. We have plenty of new good guys, new villains, new shifters (bees!), and new supernatural factions already talking to us, along with your old favorites taking the spotlight.
Stay tuned, my friends, this is going to be a wild ride.