5. You say on your submissions page that you donít promise my book will be on bookstore shelves.
Donít you use a distributor?
A. We use Ingrams for distribution. Thatís not the problem. The agency that handles ISBN numbers for the US, R.R. Bowker
, says: ďÖU.S. title output in 2006 increased by more than 3% to 291,920 new titles and editions, up from the 282,500 published in 2005. Ē
Thatís a lot of books. I canít think of many bookstores that could hold that many. If we publish your book, it will appear on Amazon and other online venues. If you want it in your local bookstore, you need to go to them and ask them to stock it. While youíre there, ask if you can schedule a signing or reading event as well. Promise giveaways, a good show, and some entertainment. Most bookstores (and libraries!) are happy to hear of local authors and want to know youíre out there. Other bookstores outside your local area may put your book on their shelves because they like the sound of it, itís in their favorite genre, the buyer is a fan of yours, or a number of other reasons we canít foresee.
We like those, and we do our best to get their attention, but the decision is theirs.