If you self publish, you'll have to pimp your book, and no that doesn't involve popping it into a mini-skirt and dropping it on the corner. That would be easy.
And self-publishing is never easy.
So you've published your book in ebook and print. You've done the holiday free giveaways on Goodreads and Amazon. You've Facebook'd it, gave it a Twitter come out and had every friend with an email post it on their page.
You've even done a few blog interviews and a tour.
But you don't have your book sitting on a physical shelf at a bookstore and you really want that. By the way, that's not a must have for success but if you want it, let me try to help.
First, the chain stores are probably out unless you have a publisher or are already selling really well. Sorry!
But independent and small bookstores are still in the running.
I suggest having all your promo material ready before you call or email these stores. Having a book only won't be enough.
You'll need a:
- A website or blog. Even if its a static page, have a page.
- Book flyers.
- A press kit including bookmarks, postcards, a bio or author promotion sheet & book info including reviews/testimonials.
- A poster (optional).
- Sample chapter (optional).
- Business card.
EXAMPLES of some PROMO MATERIALS I MADE:
After you put your kit together, drop in these bookstores and the ones that fit your book vibe, see if the owner or manager will talk to you about doing a signing, carrying your book or having a book signing.
You don't want to do the face to face? Try calling or emailing. Smaller bookstores like a professional but personal touch.
Some are going to say flat out no.
No luck locally? Try sending your kits to smaller bookstores within a two or three hour drive of your home town.
But do not send the kit without speaking with someone at the store, have your business card and website ready. If you email them, include a link to your website or flyer (or both). When they say they'll consider it, send them a press kit.
If they say yes, say thank you in writing.