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Interested in setting up an adult fiction profile with James Bennett?
Read this case study from Kapiti Coast District Libraries who kindly shared their experience for our Adult Fiction Month.
Kapiti Coast District Libraries Case Study
We established a fiction standing order list with James Bennett, and basically began work on it with discussions at our very first meeting with staff from James Bennett. Sarah Phillpot explained how the kits and selection lists worked, as well as explaining how James Bennett could provide profiled orders (standing order lists of authors most popular in our library).
May I quote Frank Zappa: “So many books, so little time!” You can take that as a like or a dislike!
How do we discover new authors
Looking at the New Releases lists, “What’s Hot,” subheadings under Fiction and poring through the selection lists provided based on our community’s favourite authors (including more than just our standing orders here).
Do we keep dead authors on our profile
Jane Austen isn’t there but we appreciate that sometimes reprints and reissues for our ‘dead’ or very prolific authors who’ve been writing since they were 5 show up on our lists. It’s important to have those reprints and reissues clearly noted, though, so we can skip over them if we’re not interested.
Which authors do we like or don’t like
We’re a public library and as such cater to popular tastes so we may not always order some of the more literary titles; however, it’s great that James Bennett includes Literature as a heading so we can decide if there’s something there which would appeal to our more literary-minded readers.
How often do we update our standing orders/profile
Our plan is to do this annually. We’ve recently run a “favourite authors” programme in the branches and on Facebook during Matariki and want to ensure we’re getting everything our community wants on our standing order list.
What is the relationship like with the James Bennett profiling team/Who do they usually call/email
I contact Nikki Shaw, Sarah Phillpot and Sarah Cavanagh, too. We’re always referred to the right people if they can’t answer themselves. We’ll remain forever in the Sarahs’ debt for staying silent about the Cricket World Cup on one our phone conferences which happened just the day after New Zealand’s brilliant run ended at the hands of the Aussies! The soul of diplomacy, those two dear ladies!
Do we receive our titles quickly?
We hope you are enjoying Adult Fiction Month.
We started Adult Fiction Month with a discussion about the RANGE of adult fiction we have to offer to ANZ public libraries.
Today's blog from Katrina Carpenter in our profiling & selection team is about two genres we purchase books for on behalf of libraries - new adult and LGBTIQ. Read more about them below.
We have some great small and independent publishers in Australia and New Zealand. And we work with them for all your adult fiction profile requirements.
As you know, the month of August is Adult Fiction Month here at James Bennett. Our buyers are often asked about adult fiction profiles and making sure that key authors and up and coming writers are on library profiles.
We are delighted to launch ADULT FICTION MONTH here at James Bennett.
For the month of August we're going to highlight everything about adult fiction supply - from the range of titles we carry to the services we provide libraries. We're going to introduce our adult fiction team and we're going to help libraries make the most of their adult fiction requirements.
‘So you must be the new one,’ said Old Bill. These were the first words that greeted Vicki McPherson when she began work at James Bennett 40 years ago on the 31 October 1973. ‘Old Bill’ was an ex-WWII Merchant Mariner who, on retirement at 65, found a job at Bennett’s. Old Bill looked after the ladies in research and invoicing and Vicki, a young mum returning to the workforce after having a baby (no such thing as maternity leave), became a member of ‘Bill’s Harem’ (try that one today!).
We were speaking with our good friends at Cengage discussing their publishing program when James Bennett staff asked about the book and online format that represented the majority of their new titles and mentioned the format was currently an exception for our profiled libraries. We realised pretty quickly that the format should NOT be an exception - it is now the norm for academic publishers so I asked Susannah Bowen, Head of Marketing at Cengage, to provide our libraries with a summary of the format and why it MUST be included on their profile in future.
We found this wonderful "Dear Bookseller" letter from Claire Craig, Publisher at Pan Macmillan Australia, regarding their new author Nelika McDonald. We thought it was too good not to share, particularly when Nelika McDonald's debut The Vale Girl is a James Bennett "Read it, Love it, Add it to Your Profile" selection. You can read more about "Read it, Love it" here.
Subscribers to our company enewsletter, The Bennett Blurb, are aware James Bennett has recently started selling BiblioBoard in the Australasian library market.