Cover to Cover, an indie bookshop in Mumbles, here in Swansea, South Wales, where I live, have said that the Shadow Seer was a great read and want me to send them a copy. I’m assuming this is to sell, as that is why I contacted them! Aand I’m pretty pleased. It’s not easy, when you’re with a small print publisher, to get into a physical bookshop, big chains have lots of rules that are hard for someone with a print on demand system to meet. Waterstones, a big chain in the uk, for example, need you to be listed with a certain database (free so that’s no problem) but also to have your published listed with their distribution company. A lot of writers, with small print publishers, aren’t with one based in their own country. My own is a published down under! So they aren’t always aware of the bookshop chains in other countries, or their distribution. Even if they were, the distribution companies have rules of their own, not easy for a print on demand publisher to meet.
So that leaves indie shops, but they need to be sure of making money so may want to take a large percentage of the sale price, meaning the writer can’t afford to deal with them. I won’t get rich selling to indie bookshops, but it helps to get me out there and as any writer will tell you, after having your book published, being in a physical bookshop is the next big dream.
Being a writer is a rather never ending challenge, especially for those with a small print publisher. Writing a good book is the easy part! Getting it accepted, getting it out there, that’s far far harder. You need patience, and a tough skin! But i think it’s worth it.