Authors, there are a couple ways to get your books onto our shelves and onto our website. See the tips below. And please take note: we're happy to have it on the shelf if it sells, and the best way for sales to happen here is if YOU let your friends and family and followers on social media know that WE have your book.
Consignment. If your book is self-published or a book that we would not normally order for our store, we sometimes make room on the shelf for books that are sold on consignment. Please click here to find out details about our consignment program.
Through our usual distributor. If your book is carried by Ingram, we might order it directly from them if the book catches our interest and we believe it will be of interest to our customers. You may send or deliver a finished copy of the book to the store along with relevant information about yourself, where it can be ordered, and what the book is about. We will place the book on the shelf for sale as a test run to see how quickly it sells, or if it sells at all. If it sells quickly we will re-order it. If it doesn't sell at all we will donate it to a good cause. A sale is good for you even if we don't reorder the book, as we are a New York Times and NPD Bookscan reporting store.
Please note that we receive multiple author inquiries each week. If you visit the store to drop off your book(s) for our perusal, please do not try to discuss your book with the staff person working behind the counter. This person is busy helping customers, answering the phone, and handling other pressing store business. They are not able to assist with author inquiries. For the same reasons, please DO NOT CALL the store on the phone to pitch your book. Thank you for being respectful of our limited amount of staff and time.
A note about what we sell online:
Books that are in an industry-wide searchable book database such as maintained by Bowker or Ingram will show up on our website when people search for them. Books that are published by traditional publishing houses or self-published through Ingram Spark will automatically appear in these databases.
If your book is not on these databases you can add to the Indiebound database maintained by the American Booksellers Association which will also allow your books to be purchased on our website and any other independent booksellers' websites that are hosted by the American Bookseller Association's Indiecommerce program. Please follow these instructions:
1) Log in to IndieBound.org using your personal account. If you don't have an account on IndieBound.org, please create one at http://www.indiebound.org/join.
2a) Point your browser to: http://www.indiebound.org/addabook
2b) For missing cover art, navigate to: http://www.indiebound.org/addabook/cover
3) Enter your data, attach an image, and submit
4) Please allow time for approval by someone at ABA. You will receive an email when your book is approved. Once approved, it can take up to 24 hours for your book to appear in search results and on IndieBound.org
All add a book requests must be submitted through these forms. Changes and corrections to existing books (other than cover art) should be emailed to email@example.com
Once your book is fully listed in the Indiebound database, you can look it up by ISBN on our website and then use that link on your social media to let people know to buy the book from us.
Are you looking for information about self-publishing?
Please visit Ingram Spark for a solution to self-publishing needs that do not involve Lulu or CreateSpace. We can not advise you about self-publishing nor offer manuscript assistance, nor do we really recommend self-publishing at all over the traditional publishing model. However, there are many successful writers who take the self-publishing route and there are many great books that have been self-published. If you'd like help with self-publishing your book, we have a lot of respect for folks at Ingram, who are big supporters of independent bookstores and are a pleasure to do business with, instead of CreateSpace, which is part of Amazon, which is trying to put us and all independent brick and mortar retailers out of business. For more information about why we prefer you not support Amazon, please see this link: http://www.civiceconomics.com/empty-storefronts.html
Village Books in Bellingham, Washington offers consulting and assistance for self-publishing authors, with printing services available right in Bellingham. http://www.villagebooks.com/writers-corner