Library Visits by Marilyn Meredith

Though I’ve always done a library visit or two each year, this year I’ve done several in many different places. I love doing them because I love libraries and the people who frequent them. Here are a few things I’ve learned about doing presentations in libraries.


You probably won’t sell a lot of books. People borrow books from the library. And donating your book to the library won’t necessarily mean that it will be put into circulation, it might just become a book for the Friends of the Library Book Sale.


Despite that, an appearance at a library is one of many ways to make yourself known.


People come to library talks for different reasons. Sometimes it’s just to be in a cool place on a very hot day or the other way around. I’ve had a couple of presentation where homeless people have been part of the audience. I treat them the same as anyone else—and ignore any that might be disruptive. (Yes, that has happened.)


With a small group, I ask them why they came, the best way to adjust your presentation to fit their expectations. Some may want to find out more about you than the books you write. Always save time for questions. Others might want to be writers and have questions about writing and publishing. Of course if you or the library has advertised a specific topic, that’s what you need to present.


I’ve done many specific topic presentations about writing, publishing, writing a mystery, but lately I’ve been talking about my books, the research I’ve done for them, and some of my adventures that came about because of being a writer. I also point out that it’s never too late to become a writer.


And some last minute tips:


Be friendly.


Take more books than you’ll need. Always better to have more books than not enough.


Be sure to have change for those people who do want to buy a book or two. I accept checks, but that’s up to you. And of course, you can also get one of those gadgets to accept credit cards.


If possible take someone with you to take care of the money transactions so you can concentrate on autographing the book(s).


Enjoy yourself.


Marilyn Meredith


Blurb for A Cold Death:


Deputy Tempe Crabtree and her husband answer the call for help with unruly guests visiting a closed summer camp during a huge snow storm and are trapped there along with the others. One is a murderer—and another is a ghost.


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Marilyn Meredith’s published book count is nearing 40. She is one of the founding members of the San Joaquin chapter of Sister in Crime. She taught writing for Writers Digest Schools for 10 years, and was an instructor at the prestigious Maui Writers Retreat, and has taught at many writers’ conferences. Marilyn is a member of three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and serves on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. She lives in the foothills of the Sierra, a place with many similarities to Tempe Crabtree’s patrol area. Webpage: Blog: and you can follow her on Facebook.


Contest: Once again I’m going to use the name of the person who comments on the most blogs on my tour for the next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery—which may be the last in the series.


Tomorrow I’ll be here:


Some Tips for Writing Dialogue

10 thoughts on “Library Visits by Marilyn Meredith

  1. Thanks for sharing your experience, Marilyn! When I told neighbors I would be at the library local author event, it was sad how many said they hadn’t been inside the library in years. It’s one of my favorite places. Also, our library is very interactive with authors, taking input on where to display books etc. Love it!

  2. marilynm says:

    I traveled around this summer to several rural libraries in a couple of towns I’d never visited before–met some great people, at in local restaurants (good food), and had a good time. I love libraries too–our local one has great programs for kids. Thanks for commenting, Nancy!

  3. marilynm says:

    PJ, I want to thank you too for hosting me once again.

  4. pjnunn says:

    Always happy to have you here, Marilyn. We love the info you share!

  5. mmgornell says:

    One of my most enjoyable book-excursions (I don’t do many like you!) was at the Barstow library. The librarian at the time asked me to come talk to their Book Club members. It was lovely, but a few years back. I went in that same library recently, and boy has it changed. Rows of computers for patrons use! Times they are a changing…

  6. marilynm says:

    Yes, all the libraries have computers in them now for patrons to use, at least the latest ones I’ve visited.

  7. marilynlevinson says:

    I enjoyed reading this, especially since I’ll be doing some library talks in the very near future. It’s been a while since my last talk, and I found your pointers very helpful

  8. marilynm says:

    Marilyn, enjoy yourself, that always seems to be what works best.

  9. maggie8king says:

    My local library in Richmond, VA held the launch for my second book. We had a great turnout. I’ve always loved libraries and belong to all three systems in my area..

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