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Social Media for Writers, Part II

As I mentioned in my post last week (the part about being consistent), a few months ago I was told that in order to donate a copy of  my book, Newport & Kibesillah – A Tale of Two Mendocino County Coastal Logging Towns in Northern California, to the Fort Bragg (California) Library, it needed to have to a Library of Congress number.

According to the Library of Congress website,, a “Control Number” is a “unique identification number that the Library of Congress assigns to the catalog record created for each book in its cataloged collections.” So I applied for a control number under the local history and genealogy category, and around Christmas time, it arrived!

Of course, the Library of Congress control number was something I  have should taken care of before the book was printed but, the truth is, it never even crossed my mind. As any author knows, our pre-publication checklist is daunting.

My solution: clear mailing labels with printed with my own unique Library of Congress number, placed on the title page of each book! A bit time-consuming, but well worth it!

More soon,


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Social Media for Writers

I bought a new book at a local bookstore, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Social Media for Writers, by Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine. In it, I learned, not for the first time, that my blog posts need to be consistent! This I have not been. So my goal for this month is to be a regular blog poster. Postess? Postette? Post-placer? Blogger.

I have learned quite a few new things since writing my book, Newport & Kibesillah – A Tale of Two Mendocino County Coastal Logging Towns in Northern California. For example, when I called the Fort Bragg Library to say that I wanted to donate a copy of my book, about two towns 10 miles north of Fort Bragg that explains how Union Lumber moved its operations to Fort Bragg in the 1880s, I was told that they could not accept my book donation if it did not have a Library of Congress number!

Next post: How I solved this problem…

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