October 13, 2016

stuff for authors

The Process for Submitting Self-Published Books and Book from Very Small Presses to Little Shop for Consideration

In the past, we have attempted, with limited success, to devise a system whereby we would stock books by self-published authors and very small presses. After considerable thought and discussion we have revised our policies regarding such books. Please read through the following requirements, and, if your books meet our needs, we’ll be happy to pursue further steps.

Little Shop book stocking criteria:

  •  The book must be a book that is appropriate for, and marketed to, children somewhere between the ages of 0 to 18.
  • The book must have a spine, and the spine must contain, at a minimum, the book’s title and author.
  • The book must have an ISBN and a corresponding bar code.
  • The price of the book must be printed and must be comparatively priced to market standards.
  •  The book must be available through a major distributor (Baker & Taylor or Ingram) and the discount price must be at least 40%.

If your book meets these qualifications, we’d love to hear from you. Email us your contact information, a photo of the book’s cover, and a description of the book (500 word maximum) to: littleshopinquiry@gmail.com. Please do not mail us flyers, ARCs, or other promotional materials; they are likely to get misplaced.

We will contact you within 14 days. If we believe that your book might be a good fit for our store we will ask you to send us a copy of the book (along with a stamped self-addressed envelope should you want the book returned to you). We will the evaluate the book and, if we decide to purchase it, order it through a distributor.

Author Event Package
If you are an independent author and you wish to use our bookstore for an author event or book launch, please send a request to littleshopinquiry@gmail.com. There is a fee of $150.00 for the use of our space.You, the author, will have have the run of the event space from 6:30pm until 8:30pm, with your event advertised as occurring from 7pm-8pm. We’ll set up the space, provide a bookseller to handle setup and cleanup, and assist you with any event needs such as a signing line. If you can provide the books we’ll add the title to our system, track sales, and then reimburse you 85% of sales. Be prepared to invoice us that evening so as to speed up the process. We will include information about your event in our newsletter and on our website. You are welcome to bring any promotional materials you wish, from food to giveaways.

Congratulations on your book—we know how hard it is to write a book and we appreciate the work you do! Good luck with everything, and thank you for considering Little Shop of Stories as a retailer for your work.