The miracle of slow and personal: connecting with libraries

So I’ve been writing to libraries, one by one to see if they might be interested in buying my book. I’ve started with libraries that are in areas I used to live in as a child and youth so I can stay connected with the communities. I had a golden moment today in that process. I could potentially use an email program to collate all the email addresses and do a mass email of standardised emails to lots of libraries all at once and probably make a burst of income that way. But I like to look up the name of the relevant staff member of each library, read a little about the town the library is in and then personalise each email. I just wrote to the director of the FDR Presidential Library in New York. Turns out the email address is old and he is now retired. However he said the library has a special fund to purchase books that have information about the Holocaust and they would likely buy mine. But the cool part is that he mentioned he is also a struggling author and wishes me well. I asked him if I could buy his book and do a review to support him. Turns out he’s written some books reviewed highly by the New York times. One of his books turns out to be about how FDR responded to the Holocaust. Kind of amazing considering how one of the chapters in my book covers how the only person in the world to publicly protest the beginning of the Holocaust was Aboriginal elder William Cooper. So next time I’m in his part of the world I’m going to have coffee with him and we will exchange some stories. Yeah, personal is always better. One by one.

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I’m an author. My first book was Nudges From Grandfather, Book 1 in the series Honouring Indigenous Spiritual Technologies.  I have a PhD in Law on “The Protection of Indigenous Medical Knowledge: Transforming Law to Engage Indigenous Spiritual Concerns.” My father specialised in Indigenous Psychology and we lived and worked with several Native American communities. Read More...