Five Reasons This Author Likes Libraries by Janet K. Brown

Mar 8, 2016 by

Five Reasons This Author Likes Libraries

By Janet K. Brown

  1. Libraries supply multiple research opportunities for our stories.

For a story involving pornography, I utilized multiple library books that gave me inside knowledge into the problem from both the perspective of the addict and the family of addicts. Library books directed me to websites that offered even more help.

Library books ventured information on a Texas ghost town for the setting of my young adult book. I also researched the ghost in Collin County for my second young adult.

  1. Most every book can be found or ordered through a library, and authors are readers, or should be.

If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write.

Stephen King

  1. Libraries offer venues for workshops, book signings, or other events that help authors promote their stories.

Our local Friends of the Wichita Falls library has arranged two book signings for me and promoted them.

Burkburnett, Texas Library arranged two after-hour community get-togethers where I talked about my new release and answered writing questions. At this library, I also did a Writing 101 workshop.

Aurora, Colo. Talyn’s Reach Library invited me to do my Writing 101 workshop, where it was promoted in their newsletter.

Librarians have been some of my best fans to promote my books.

P.S. It’s always a good idea to offer them your books for free when they allow you time to promote.

  1. Libraries draw book lovers, and authors write books.

Volunteering at libraries or just hanging out there puts you in contact with book lovers. They wouldn’t be there otherwise. Conversations can give you ideas for stories and give you a heads-up as to what readers like and don’t like. I volunteer with the Friends of the Wichita Falls Library and occasionally other smaller libraries when possible. I’ve even sold books this way.

  1. Libraries give free access to the Internet.

The first time I was caught without Internet service at an RV park, my debut novel was soon to come out, and my publisher kept sending e-mails asking for further decisions or changes. Without the public library Internet access in Ardmore, OK., I would have been in trouble. Since then, I’ve used library Internet access in several towns when I’ve been camping with no reliable WiFi.


Janet K. Brown lives in Wichita Falls, Texas with her husband, Charles. Writing became her second career after retiring from medical coding.

Worth Her Weight is the author’s first inspirational women’s fiction, but it makes a perfect companion to her previously released, Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness. Both books encompass her passion for diet, fitness, and God’s Word.

Worth Her Weight marks Brown’s third book. Who knew she had a penchant for teens and ghosts? She released her debut novel, an inspirational young adult, Victoria and the Ghost, in July 2012.

Janet and her husband love to travel with their RV, work in their church, and visit their three daughters, two sons-in-law and three perfect grandchildren.

Janet teaches workshops on writing, weight loss, and the historical settings of her teen books.

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