Hello everyone! I'm new to bookselling, and will be contacting bookstores pretty soon about selling my book. I'm not a salesperson at all, and have no idea what to say or how to approach a bookstore. Do any of you have tips on the proper/standard verbage? I also want to know how pricing works. Do I sell the book to them? Or is it normally a consignment type of deal? If I do sell it to them, how much should they make from the book? Is there a standard percentage? Any advice would be grately appreciated. Thank you! (I'm posting this in more than one group, so my apologies if you see this question again.)
@Judith - congratulations on your milestone review! Lovely picture, BTW. :)
If I haven't learned anything else, I've learned that anything worth having, is worth working hard for. I'm almost 40, that's one of the few things I know. Writing is always worth it because ultimately it's not about money. I've been writing all this time without making money. I just love to do it. I do see it as my salvation, however, on all points of my life. I'm willing to work hard, but I want to work smart. So, I want to maximize the paths that I will decide to take. I think every author dreams of having their novel in stores. I'd love to see people reaching for my book, and reading the blurb. I want to be read. I'm far from shallow enough to just want to see my name on a shelf. I don't want fame, or anything that I see on TV. I don't even want anyone to know what I look like. I just want to be read, and enjoyed. And if I can make a living doing what I love, then I'll consider that success. Unfortunately, that requires I step out of my comfort zone and actually... speak to people. YIKES!
Thanks everyone. It was a real thrill seeing my book in the bookstore (I understand your wanting that, Kitty), but it was a bigger thrill to actually sell some books.
@Judith - I'm sure it was :)
Here's a great article on "Ten Things No One Tells New Writers to Expect." Wish I had this when I started writing.
I loved that, Judith, thank you.
That was a great read. Thanks for sharing Judith. And thanks for the introduction to that website, because I'd not heard of it before.
@Judith - yes, thanks for sharing that link! I'm going to bookmark it and point people to it. #s 5, 7, and 8 should be in bold! :)
Thanks for all the great advice here everyone! I'll certainly put it to good use! :)
I'm new to bookselling, too, and my current obsession is figuring how to do it! I have found that a number of independent bookstores do put their guidelines for accepting our books on their websites. Very helpful. If the stores you have in mind don't do that, look up Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC and Quailridge Books in Raleigh, NC.
For stores that don't make the information easily available, I'll call or go in person. Where I'm a regular customer and will be recognized by face if not name, I'll go in person.
I think it will be key to follow the procedures they post or state, and to be sure the books do indeed meet their requirements. Not to do so will be counter-productive, I'm sure.
Thank you for responding Nora & for the insight. I'm looking up those stores now.