3 Ways to Discover Indie Bookstores

Whether planning a book tour or book launch, locating indie bookstores is critical. Before packing your travel bag, map out the best bookstores based on your book genre, readership, and location. Here are 3 ways to determine which indie bookstore is appropriate for you.

#1: New Pages Guide to Bookstores in the U.S. and Canada is by far the most comprehensive listing of bookstores. NewPages.com offers valuable resources for indie authors and publishers wanting current information about literary guides, indie bookstores, writing contests, and more.

#2: Fellow authors and publishers are another resource for bookstores in your area. Ask not only for the bookstore name, but also for: past book signing experiences; special consignment requirements; previous sales; top-selling books; and for a manager or store owner’s contact information. PJ Boox and Bookmark It are two of my favorite local stores.

#3: When traveling be mindful to ask for directions to the nearest bookstore. Tourist destinations, historical landmarks, and gift shops often carry a selection of books. Ask not only for a contact name but their top-selling books, genre, and reason. Lula’s by the Sea, SunDog Books, and Downtown Books & Purl are examples of bookstores located in tourist locations.

When the relationship starts, ask if you can contact the store with you new products, events, or newsletter. Cultivating relationships with locally-owned and national indie bookstores boosts both authors’ and bookstores’ success.

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Summer Reading List: “Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous!”

Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous!

Written by Christa Blaney and Illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams

Nicholas Wallaby was always doing ridiculous things! And his mom was always letting him know. Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous! she’d say—at least thirty times a day. Finally, Nicholas’s mom realizes that Nicholas, isn’t being ridiculous—he’s just being a boy! With this lighthearted story, children can relate to Nicholas and the ridiculous things he does. Parents can learn to appreciate and enjoy the humor behind these happenings. INSIDE! A BOOK TALK to engage children in discussion, imagination and perception.

Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous! is part of our Summer Reading List for Students!

Authorpreneurs Profit from Fewer Sales

Ever wonder how authorpreneurs profit from fewer book sales? They capture the income traditional publishers receive. As an author, ask yourself:

1.  Is it better to sell 500 traditionally published books receiving a $.20 royalty per book ($100 earned)? If within a year 10,000 books sell, a traditionally published author earns $2,000.00 in royalties. Or

2.  Is it better to sell 10 books as an authorpreneur receiving $10 profit per book ($100 earned)? If within a year 200 books are sold, an authorprenuer earns $2,000.00 in profit.

Publishers use authors’ fan base for repeat success with each new book. Traditionally published authors with a huge fan following make minimal profit on their writing. Authors planning to indie publish should address their need for fans’ contact information with their publisher before breaking away. Authors who capture fans’ contact information have better success as authorprenuers. 

— Mark Wayne Adams, Award-Winning Publisher of Jilli, That’s Silly!: A Story About Being a Girl