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  • Writer's pictureLisa Madsen Rubilar

Want to get your book on the shelf at the NY Public Library?

Updated: Jul 29, 2020

How could I pass up an article in the New York Times explaining how books are chosen for the 88-branch New York City library system? The biggest surprise is that it doesn't do any good for an author or publisher to send a copy to the library, thank you very much. Authors' begging or belly-aching won't do any good either. The book-choosing authority lies in the hands of sixteen selectors and their helpers. They're the ones who decide what two million card-holders will find on the shelves. That's a lot of power, if you think about it. But here's a hint for authors: do you have a local friend? A lowly reader who happens to like your book? According to Winnie Hu's article, every single book request by a card-holder is seriously considered, and is often honored.

Here's the link, if you want to read the article in its entirety:

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