Thursday, February 20, 2014
Final Fifteen in ILA Contest ~ Maybe you? by DL Larson
103 Illinois authors submitted to the first ever Illinois Library Association, 'Soon to be Famous Illinois Author' Contest. Many were from the Chicago area. The Illinois Author Project came about as an inspiration that libraries can and do help authors of all levels, including self-published writers.
Visit soontobefamous.info to view the final fifteen list. Authors are in alphabetical order, with the titles of their book, and home library. I was pleasantly surprised to see a few high school libraries participating.
Whether you invested in any contests this season, please remember your local library wants to support local talent. So take the plunge, walk in and introduce yourself, tell them your story and perhaps donate a book. They may want to purchase more.
If walking in is too intimidating, send a post card or letter. Mail your book to them as a donation. Explain who you are, what your book is about and whether you are available for book talks, etc. Libraries are always looking for programming and you might be what they are looking for.
The important message in this blog is that 103 Illinois authors stepped out of their comfort zone and tried something new. They discovered new readers, new marketplaces, and new possibilities for future books.
That's a good day's work ~ and everyone should feel like a winner for finding a new venue for promoting their name as well as their book!
Til next time ~