We get many, many requests to carry books from both self-published and traditionally published authors. Here’s a run-down of commonly requested info. Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional questions or would like to send us information about your book (the info to send us is noted below here).
I wrote a book, will you carry it?
We support as many authors as we can. That said, we simply don’t have room to carry every book we’d like. With so many self-publishing resources available these days we get dozens of emails each week from authors interested in having us carry their books. Those authors living in the immediate area are in the most demand as far as self-published books go and are more likely to be a good fit here. It also depends on genre. Some genres simply aren’t in as much demand here as they are elsewhere, we have to take this into consideration.
If your book has been published through a traditional publisher and we feel we have the appropriate audience for it we will order it through them or one of our regular distributors on standard industry terms. If your book is self-published or not available through our regular distributors, or is only available on a non-returnable basis or without the standard terms, we may decide to purchase from you directly. If we decide your book is a good fit for our store we generally start with 1-2 copies, depending on genre, and reorder as they sell.
Books must be professionally bound with the title printed on the spine (people won’t notice your book if they can’t see the title when it’s on the shelf), and we go with the standard 60/40 split as far as payment goes–you, the author, will get 60% of the retail price if you provide your book directly to us. Pricing must be consistent within the genre. At this time we don’t do consignment. If you choose to leave or mail a copy of your book without consulting the buyer first it will be considered a free review copy.
Book info should be sent by email, please include your locale in the subject line. We are unable to accommodate walk-in visits without an appointment or telephone inquiries as when our doors are open we’re focused on helping customers, pricing and shelving books, and other day to day activities which keep the doors open. When emailing us information about your book please include your name and where you live, your email address, the book title, publication date, the ISBN, a link to a website with info about your book (not Amazon or Barnes & Noble, please), what your local target audience will be here in Lincoln City, and how you plan to promote your book here. Send the info to email@example.com or use the form below. Please note that since we receive so many requests we can’t personally reply to all inquiries, but we will take a look at the info you send to see if it’s a good fit for our store.
Do you have any tips for making my book successful in a bookstore?
Having your book published is a a big, exciting step. To end up with the best product you can, a book to be proud of and one people want to read, we have some very basic tips:
Can I have a signing at your store?
If you’ve been in our store you’ll understand we’re pretty well full of books and currently don’t have space to hold in-store signings. We’re looking at a possible remodel in the future, but at this point we simply don’t have the space. If you have any questions please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you haven’t yet done so, we recommend you get in touch with your local regional writing groups and look into networking with your fellow authors, they can be a wonderful resource and likely have leads on events which may be a good fit for you. A quick Google search of “Oregon Writers Group” will give you a good starting point.