Become a Barnes & Noble Author

While attending the FAPA Annual Conference Library and Bookstore Panel, Angie Roix, Community Business Development Manager (CBDM) for Barnes & Noble Bookseller, provided authors a valuable list of requirements to succeed within B&N bookstores.

  1.  Books must have an ISBN (International Standard Book Number).

2.  Books must have a Bar Code. The bar code helps stores efficiently mange books. Remember bar codes must have the book’s US retail price embedded and printed on the book.

3.  Binding Matters:  Perfect and hard bound books offer longer self life and better sales due to printed names on the spine, especially since most products are placed on shelves spine out.

4.  Place books with a wholesaler to simplify billing—one invoice to one location. This allows B&N to purchase larger orders and puts the book on auto replenish.

5.  Price books competitively with other titles similar in content and format.

6.  Tell Barnes & Noble what makes your book unique by sending:  publicity/promotional plans, reviews, and articles written about the book.

This list should increase your ability in selling books through the Barnes & Noble Bookselling system both in-store and online. For more information about listing titles on Barnes&Noble.com, scroll to the Services and click on Publisher and Author Guidelines.

1—2—3 Publish: Professionalism Book Test

Invest in five sample copies to test consumer appeal.  This Professionalism Book Test is fairly inexpensive by using a POD (Print On Demand) company.

Test 1:  Place your book with books of similar content at the public library. Lay three books including yours on a table or face out on a book shelf. Sit far enough away to observe and not look like a stalker. Take notes. Do library patrons overlook, preview, read, or check out your book? Feel honored if your book reach the circulation desk.

Test 2:  Visit your local book retailer. Ask for the top three books in your genre. Find a comfortable corner and critique your book. Don’t mark in the bookseller’s books, only your own. Is your writing professional (typos, misspellings, etc.)? Does your layout follow industry standards (margins, text flow, etc.)?  Do your illustrations/photos match or exceed the professionals? Place your book on a bookshelf next to the competitors. Which book is most easily read from twelve feet away? If your book is week in any area, make adjustments now!

Test 3:  Give three beta readers your POD book and the competitor’s book. Ask readers to rate and compare the two books. Access the comments and make adjustments before publishing.