This awesome guide book is a real winner. I took postcards with details about the book and how to buy it, to the #DIYBookFest in Richmond this past weekend. The most common reaction I received from other authors was they'd love it in paperback.
But, you see, it's packed to the gills with links. Linkety linky links. Links that work magnificently in the digital world, but in print, not so much.
But, I can just imagine how much librarians across the country would LOVE a paperback of this book - which they could hand over to eager locals who turn up to donate their memoirs.
Because . . . I'm hearing horror stories my friends. A friend who works at The State Library said they get people wanting to donate their magazines. They may have every single copy of Australian Geographic from issue 1, and believe it's worth keeping. But The State Library already has them. All of them. They don't need doubles.
Also, people turn up with their memoirs or their memoir thinly disguised as fiction and donate them to the library. But . . . it might not be the sort of thing The State Library would normally stock. No, not even for a local. And so, when that local turns up a few weeks later to check the catalogues, they're naturally upset that their book isn't in there.
So I know, deep in my heart, librarians are actually going to want this in paperback. Even more, perhaps, than the locals self-publishing books are going to want to read it and accept the truth that things need to be done in a certain order.
I feel good about this decision. I think librarians will thank me, even if some self-published authors won't!