For many reasons, up until now librarians have ignored the nearly half-million self-published books available for purchase. This book details how to find and promote librarian-curated, self-published books, covering every step in the process—from assembling a committee and recruiting judges to soliciting submissions, handling the nominated authors, judging the entries, and promoting the contest and contest winner.
Written by the founding members of the Soon-to-be-Famous Illinois Author Project, the first librarian-curated award for self-published works, this book shows you how to use the process outlined by these library marketing professionals to run a successful author awards program. You can also apply their proven methods and tools to evaluate self-published books written by local authors that you are considering adding to your collections.
- Offers practical, step-by-step guidelines for librarians wishing to launch a librarian-curated, self-publishing author award program
- Inspires librarians to explore a new area of service and maintain their libraries' relevance
- Describes how to position librarians in a new leadership role with curation, eBooks, and self publishing to better engage their communities