Friday, December 11, 2015

How to Get Your Books in Libraries--Friday Writer's Forum

I noticed that some of my most frequented blog posts are from my Friday's Writer's Forum, something I stopped posting almost two years ago. Which was a shame, because I often myself rereading them when I personally have a question. So, hail the revived Friday's Writer's Forum. Today, I had a question on how to get my books in libraries, so I did some research. For more info, visit:

This is a picture I took inside the New York City Public Library, one of my very most favorite places.

Submitting Review Material to Booklist

If you wish to submit materials for review consideration in Booklist or Booklist Online, specific guidelines for various formats and types of materials are provided below. Any publisher of a book reviewed in Booklist will receive a tearsheet of the review. Due to the volume of submissions (more than 60,000 per year), we are unable to notify publishers whose books have not been selected for review. All submissions of materials for review become the sole property of the American Library Association; request for return of materials or other restrictions cannot be honored.
Send review materials to:
American Library Association
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611

Whom to Address

Adult Books: Donna Seaman, Editor, Adult Books
Contact editorial assistant Chris Anderson or Biz Hyzy for questions about review status.
Books for Youth (Children’s and YA): Dan Kraus, Editor, Books for Youth
Contact editorial assistant Briana Shemroske for questions about review status.
Graphic Novels: Sarah Hunter, Senior Editor, Books for Youth
Media: Contact Joyce Saricks, Audio Editor, for specific audio recording and audiobook procedures. Contact Sue-Ellen Beauregard, Video Editor, via her assistant, Biz Hyzy, for specific video procedures.
Reference Materials: Contact Rebecca Vnuk, Editor, Collection Management and Library Outreach, for specific reference procedures.

What to Send

Vital Information. Review copies in all categories must include a publication slip specifying prices and ISBNs for all editions, publication date (month and year), and publisher/distributor. Audiovisual media must be accompanied by running time and distributor name, address, and telephone number. For audiobooks, children’s music CDs, and spoken-word audios, please indicate the names of the performers, readers, and authors when applicable. Please read our current policy concerning ebooks.
Galleys: Adult Fiction and Nonfiction. Send one galley, bound if possible, of all original adult fiction and nonfiction titles, paperback as well as hardcover. Month of publication should be clearly indicated. Galleys should arrive at Booklist at least 15 weeks prior to publication. In cases where no galleys are available, photocopied manuscript, page proofs, folded-and-gathered sheets, or other forms of prepublication copy are acceptable. Galleys received less than 15 weeks before publication will be considered provided they are sent toBooklist no later than to Publishers WeeklyKirkus Reviews, and Library Journal.
Galleys: Children’s and YA Books. Send two copies of folded-and-gathered sheets for picture books, nonfiction, and other titles primarily dependent on illustrations. Send bound galleys for other children’s and YA books including original paperbacks.
E-Book Only Submissions: We are currently only accepting select e-book originals if they are easily available to libraries (via Overdrive, Axis 360, 3M Cloud Library, etc.).  Please query the relevant editor via email.
Graphic Novel Materials: If galleys or finished versions of original graphic novels or comics collections are unavailable before the date of publication, send submissions as soon afterward as possible.
Media Materials: Send one copy of newly released videos, DVDs, audiobooks, spoken word audios, and children’s music CDs.
Galleys: Reference books. Galleys or other prepublicaton copies of reference books (dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc) may be sent, but two finished copies are required before a review can be published. Titles will not be reviewed more than six months past their publication date.
Finished Copies. When galleys are not available, Booklist will consider finished copies for review. As with galleys, it is vital that finished copies be sent to Booklist no later than to other prepublication media. (Many publishers depend on United Parcel Service, Express Mail, or Federal Express to reduce the number of lost or late materials.) Reference Books Bulletinrequires two finished copies before a review can be published.
Finished Copies of Books Submitted in Galleys. Regarding books submitted for review in galley form, please send one finished copy of all adult titles, and two finished copies of all others, as soon as they become available. These copies are submitted to reviewers and used throughout the year in the compilation of bibliographies and Editors’ Choice lists.
Catalogs, Announcements, and Brochures. Automatically send Booklist four copies of your Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer seasonal catalogs. Also include Booklist on your mailing list for all other catalogs, announcements, and brochures.
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