AN INDIE BOOKSTORE OWNER TALKS ABOUT WORKING WITH SMALL PRESS BOOKS

4:25 PM Posted by Amy Allgeyer Cook



A few weeks ago, I visited with the owner of an Independent Bookstore here in Boise. We talked about my book and the Indie-Debut 2010 Group. As I hoped, she had a lot of thoughts I hadn't thunk before.

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1. She said working with Small or Micro-Press Authors has it's pros and cons. While she loves the passion and enthusiasm they bring with their book, she doesn't appreciate the ego that sometimes comes with it. Self-published authors especially have a hard time accepting 'no' for an answer if she decides not to carry their book.

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Another problem is supply. Small presses work with distributors to ship their books. The ease with which a bookstore can order copies (and whether they can return unsold ones) depends on the distributor. If the distributor is POD, ordering can be difficult and returns not allowed. For the Pacific Northwest, she recommended Partners West Regional. They put out a catalogue listing all the books they distribute. That's a plus too, since she can look through one big catalogue instead of a multitude of small ones directly from the publishers.

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2. I presented our Indie-Debut 2010 Catalogue and she said there was a lot of info missing. Really? Like what? Little things like how to order the books! What the trim size is!! PRICES!! In our defense, a lot of that info isn't available yet. For books coming out in December, price points haven't been determined & ISBN's haven't been assigned.

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Her solution was simple. Don't call it a catalogue. She showed me a booklet Random House puts out called the Paperback Reader. It lists books available with a short summary, age range and sometimes a little about the author. That's what we have. So our Indie-Debut "2010 Catalogue" will now be titled "2010 Releases" and will be dressed up a little more.

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3. She also suggested going to a tradeshow (like ALA, BEA, etc) which is an idea we've already been toying with. If you're a Pacific Northwest Author and you're considering attending tradeshows, she recommended the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. This year, it'll be held October 7, 8 & 9 in Portland. Publishers, authors, booksellers and librarians all attend and it's a great way to get your book in front of people.

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4. Lastly, we talked about my book. I gave her the pitch and told her a little of the book's publishing history. She agreed it sounded like something she'd be interested in so I will take her an ARC when they're available and keep my fingers crossed. And if she says no, I hope I'm graceful enough to say, "Thanks anyway."
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