Last week on Friday June 4, I set off on the next part of my tour to promote Hilda & Richie. I headed south to Wahpeton to Leach Public Library.
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Sunday, June 6, 2021
I just got back from the next phase of my library tour. I will have a report on that later. What I want to let everyone know is that a bookstore, coffee house and sweet shop over in Oakes, North Dakota has copies of Hilda & Richie for sale.
Monday, May 31, 2021
Yesterday on Sunday, I visited some of the Little Free Libraries in town that I had previously put books in. Much to my delight, the copies I had placed in there were gone; I presume these books are now in the hands of some lucky children.
Of course, it was not my intention to simply stop there. I put new copies of Hilda & Richie in those Little Free Library boxes!
Locations I put copies in were at the United Church of Christ at 901 Broadway N; the Pontoppidan Lutheran Church; and Hawthorne Elementary School. One of those boxes though really caught my attention.
Sunday, May 16, 2021
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Today, my master plan commenced to get libraries in North Dakota to start carrying Hilda & Richie. The first places on my list were the libraries in Mayville, Larimore and Grand Forks.
My first destination today was the Mayville Public Library of Mayville, North Dakota.
This beautiful building housed the town's library. The librarian inside was named Margaret; I talked with her for a bit, introducing myself, explaining my book and giving her copies of my cover letter with the book's information in the hopes they'd be willing to get it for their collection.
After thanking Margaret, I went on my way. I drove around rural North Dakota for awhile and had to consult Google Maps to get to my next destination - the Edna Ralston Library of Larimore, North Dakota.
Monday, May 10, 2021
On Sunday 5/9/2021, I officially declared the Hilda & Richie Kickstarter to be over. All the Kickstarter rewards have been sent out so that's behind me now.
So what is next? Well, it is important to keep selling the book. It is not going to do me any good to have hundred of copies simply sitting around gathering dust. I want to see about arranging for some local bookstores to carry Hilda & Richie. One of them is Ferguson Books, a small bookstore with locations in West Fargo, Bismarck and Grand Forks. I'm also noting more small bookstores within North Dakota that I want to visit in the future.
Besides bookstores, libraries are another customer I want to sell to. I plan to visit local libraries in the coming months to promote Hilda & Richie for their collection. To that extent, my ties with national library wholesaler Brodart Company has been re-established. Along with North Dakota libraries (I am local), I want to pitch to the big libraries as well. A list is being made of the biggest libraries with big collections and potent budgets such as New York, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Boston, Hawaii and so on. I'll probably be sending sales letters to them soon enough.
Work on the second Hilda & Richie book Hilda & Richie's Wizard has begun. Later on, I will be revising the script as well as starting on thumbnail drawings for the book. Like with the early drafts of Hilda & Richie's first book, I will share those here.
Stay tuned for more news!
Saturday, May 1, 2021
I have some good news to share. Hilda & Richie is now listed in the OCLC Worldcat website and is in the collection of the North Dakota State Library!
I do not aim to stop there. I am planning from May 15th to early September to hit the road to visit various libraries in the state of North Dakota to promote the book to them for their collections.
At the time of this writing, a deal is being hammered out with Brodart Company, a distributor of books to libraries. They distributed my paperback comic book collections some years ago but I need to let them know what is going on now.
In the meantime, copies of Hilda & Richie are available directly from me; my terms are sixty percent off the cover price. Please contact me at maxwestart(at)gmail(dot)com if you represent any libraries interested in carrying the book.
HILDA AND RICHIE