I had this list of school contacts for doing grant work (NIMS grants). Someone had suggested that Archer would be good for extracurricular reading lists in high school. I’d had a teacher say that some of her students would love 12: A Novel About the End of the Mayan Calendar. So, I figured why not use my grant list and sent out the following email?
Hi **** – Could you direct me to the right person in the district who could tell me about adding a book to extracurricular reading lists.
I’ve been told that my new novel, the Eye of the Archer, would be good material to be placed on middle and high school extracurricular reading lists. While there is some violence, there is no profanity or sex in the novel. Archer is based on Mesoamercian mythology much in the way the Percy Jackson novels are based on Greek mythology.
– Jeffrey Marcus Oshins
I gotten back some good responses and discovered that some states like Florida and California have formal processes for compiling recommended reading lists while other districts leave it up to the teachers and librarian.
No surprise there are some who if you win an award automatically include your book. No awards for Archer yet.
Next, I have to find out how to submit for awards.