Yesterday I went to my local library to pick up a couple of books, because I obviously don’t have enough on my bookcase or Kindle or on NetGalley waiting for me, I’m ordering them from my library as well! Anyway I pottered in with the simple intention of collecting what was waiting. I had the book club book, The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas and a non-fiction book about murders in Nottinghamshire, waiting.
Anyway, while I was picking up my books, I had a brainwave. Mmmm, I’m not sure I’d actually call it a brainwave. An idea came to me and I approached the library assistant and asked if she stocked self-published books. She looked bemused and shouted across the library to her colleague to obtain the answer. It seemed they thought I was looking for a specific book.
No. I clarified that I was asking because I wanted to know if they would stock a self-published book as I had written and published one myself and was interested in having it stocked. – What had come over me?!
This was a different matter, they seemed interested and helpful. Though they still didn’t know the answer or how it would be done, they told me to come back on Thursday when the manager would be in and we could sort it out then…..
I posted this information on my social networks and it seems from other indie author’s experience, libraries do indeed stock self-published books and my county does stock self-published books.
So the moral of today’s Insecure Writers Support Group post is that you have to step out there, beyond your comfort zone. Even when you’re not expecting it. Just do it. You never know what might happen.. Stretch yourself. In any capacity. See if something surprises you.