Getting bookshops to carry your book can be a challenge for not so well known writers. Competition for shelf space is tough and those coveted spots are often reserved for high-profile authors. Often, book buyers want to see a proven track record of sales and a solid marketing plan that they feel will help move the book off the shelves and into the hands of readers. However, there are ways to help your books get onto the shelves of bookshops.
Approach your local bookshops. Talk to the buyers about carrying your book. Many stores have a ‘local authors’ section and may be willing to carry your title based on that. Another way to get the bookshop to pay attention is by mentioning the magic words: ‘My book is returnable through Ingram Distribution.’
The Xlibris Bookstore Returnability Kit
The Bookstore Returnability Programme overcomes one of the major obstacles that self-published authors face when attempting to get their book on bookshop shelves. When you choose to enroll in this programme, you make your work more attractive to booksellers everywhere and increase the market availability of your book. By making your book returnable through Ingram, bookshops can order and stock your book without worrying about what to do with any remaining stock. The Bookstore Returnability Kit combines this invaluable service with a selection of effective tools you can use to help promote and market your book.
Bookstore Returnability Select Kit
Whether you are initiating your first marketing campaign on a new title, re-energising a previous campaign, or reaching out to a new market, the results you will achieve with the Bookstore Returnability Kit will speak for themselves. You will find it easier to approach bookshop owners knowing that they have the assurance that your title is returnable through Ingram, the largest book distributor in the United States.
Click here to learn more about the Bookstore Returnability Programme.
We will fill you in on the phone and send you a product sheet and order form. Then simply choose the returnability kit that suits your needs, fill out the order form, and return it to us by e-mail, fax, or mail. You can even complete your order on the phone.
Disclaimer: The Bookstore Returnability on the Select Kit is valid for three years from the date your book goes live. The Bookstore Returnability Renewal is available in one/two/three year increments thereafter.