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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Meet The Fussy Librarian

Have you heard about The Fussy Librarian yet? She's making waves, so read on - but shhhh, don't talk, just listen while I ask her accomplice, Jeffrey Bruner, a few questions.

What's different about The Fussy Librarian? How does it work?

It's a matchmaking service for book lovers. The Fussy Librarian believes that the most important part of any book-recommendation website is "the match" -- are you going to receive tips about books in your daily email that you'll like?

So we set out to create a better match than anyone else. We offer the most genre choices (30 and growing) and we're the only website that gives you content preferences regarding language, violence and sexual situations. If you like your novels without profanity, for example, all of your recommended books will be free of fowl language. We also have "I read everything" buttons and some choices in the middle.

We'll keep adding categories and content options in the future. One thing we discovered in our first month is that even though we already offer five different romance categories, we need more to handle the volume of book submissions we're receiving.

Why should authors consider submitting to the website?
The Fussy Librarian is set up in a way that is very author friendly.

While we do offer lots of free and 99 cent books, we don't force authors to discount their books. If they want to sell at $2.99 or $3.99 -- which I think is completely reasonable -- they can do that.

Our book submissions are currently free until we grow larger. I don't feel it's fair charging authors during our start-up period. Even when we do charge a fee, we're going to keep it reasonable.
What types of books are you looking for?
In fiction, we accept pretty much everything that's an ebook. Our most popular genres are contemporary romance, mystery, thriller, fantasy, young adult and women's fiction. But we also accept books in smaller genres like religious fiction, horror, literary fiction and historical fiction.

Unlike some places, we also accept short stories and novellas. We include a note in the blurb so readers are aware it's not a full-length novel.

If you write nonfiction, I can pretty much guarantee we can find you a spot within 10 days after your book is submitted.

Who is this Fussy Librarian woman anyway? She's unlike any librarian I've ever heard of.
That was the idea. We wanted to take the stereotype of the prim, fussy librarian with the hair bun and turn it on its head. So she may look like your Aunt Bee, but it turns out she's a master mechanic, an expert on French cooking, and she practices the ancient martial art of Bokator. You do not want to meet her in a dark alley, trust me.

I could go on and one about her, but it's easier to just come to the website and read her biography ... and then subscribe to her daily ebook recommendations!