The next best method is a flyer mailed to OC Public Libraries' HQ. Libraries generally have only a few seconds to look at a flyer, so your best bet is to emphasize the essentials. We look for:
WHAT the book is about.
This should be brief and pithy.
WHY the book is needed at OC Public Libraries.
Here you should include quotations from reviews, or reader testimonials if you have them. If the book has been reviewed you could also attach a copy of the review.
WHO the intended audience is for the book.
Is it intended for adults, young adults or children? Parents, business persons, hobbyists, etc?
WHO the author is.
This should include qualifications, such as education, experience in the field, experience as a writer. Be sure to mention that you are a local author or publisher, since this is a factor in our decision whether to buy.
WHEN, WHERE, etc. the book was published.
We need all the bibliographic data, including date of publication, price, ISBN number (very important), edition statement, type of binding. If the book is self published, please give some indication of its physical appearance, including how it is bound.
HOW we can get it.
Libraries prefer to buy from wholesale vendors, such as Ingram, or Baker and Taylor. There are also national vendors that specialize in small press books, including Quality Books and Unique Books. If the book is only available directly from you, be sure to provide a phone number, address, and e-mail address if you have one. Be prepared to accept purchase orders, and to wait several weeks for payment.
A sample copy of the book sent with the above information is helpful to us, but not necessary.
Drop in visits are not encouraged. Our schedules are crowded, and you may end up wasting your time if no one is available when you arrive.
You may also want to consider attending library conferences. This is one way to reach many librarians in a short space of time. National conferences such as the American Library Association can be overwhelming, but smaller ones such as the California Library Association attract many librarians from this area.