How Does An Author Market A Book? Social Media, Book Clubs & Libraries.

Yesterday I heard it said that there are 1,000,000 self-published books, e-books and hard copies, available for sale. Today I read that Smashwords published its 250,000th e-book this month. Amazon won’t release numbers of anything they sell. However if you are numbers crazy, you can dig into their published information, such as the fact that my…
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Front Porch Chat: Part 2. What’s Inside The New Library?

The last 20 minutes of Sunday’s Front Porch Chat were spent discussing what was inside the new library.  “A BUILDING ALONE DOES NOT MAKE A LIBRARY.” *  New Features Not Possible in Current Facilities The new library breathes and adapts as the world changes. 7 Community Spaces: Includes a Children’s project area, 115 capacity meeting…
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Front Porch Chat – History And Future Of Stutsman County Libraries: Part 1, History

I love screened in porches with air-conditioning. I came to that conclusion yesterday as I arrived at the Stutsman County Museum with the temperature hovering around 90. I had worried about nobody attending my talk on the history and future of the library in Stutsman County and was pleasantly surprised to see  the chairs on…
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How Much Will The New Library Cost A Typical Family?

The library board is proposing to pay for the new library with a 1/4% sales tax. This proposal is planned to be on the June, 2014 general election ballot for all qualified Stutsman County residents to vote on. We had a conversation with the State Tax Office and this is their response to the question;…
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Who Uses The Library? A Short Story.

“Did you go under the table? Did you get that shelf?” I heard these questions this morning before Stutsman County Library opened. Shawn Steele from Community Options was here with three volunteer workers tidying up the library. They do a great job of keeping the library neat and clean. Community Options guides people with disabilities through different work skills…
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