My Books in Your Local Bookstore

The Flatiron Five Fitness series of contemporary romances by Deborah Cooke, in trade paperback

I’m trying one of my experiments in publishing, this time with print editions of my books, and I could use your help. My print editions are available at Amazon through their print services but also are available to bookstores from Ingrams. Ingrams offers a lot of options, and I’ve recently changed up my choices to make stocking my books more appealing to bricks-and-mortar bookstores located in the US. The following series are included in my experiment:

Flatiron Five Fitness

Flatiron Five Tattoo

The DragonFate Novels

The Champions of St. Euphemia

If you are in the US, have a favorite local bookstore and would like to see my books there, please ask them about stocking them. Discoverability is a bit of a challenge in this market, and your request would certainly help bring your local bookseller’s attention to my books, and their availability. Thank you! 🙂

Exciting News #1

The Crusader's Bride, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix    The Warrior's Prize, a medieval romance by Claire Delacroix and book #4 in the True Love Brides Series

This bit of news has been in the works for a while, but the deal is finally done so I can tell you about it. I’ve signed an agreement to make my print books more readily available to bricks-and-mortar outlets – that would be primarily Barnes & Noble and Chapters/Indigo, although all portals stocking print books can access them this way. It’s an enhancement of the way I’ve already made some books available through Ingram. They’ll still go through Ingram and still be print-on-demand, but there are exciting possibilities for promotion and distribution of upcoming titles.

I’m hoping you’ll find more of my books in your local bookstore as a result of this partnership and am pretty excited about it!

Right now, we’ve agreed to begin with 8 books: the four medieval romances in The True Love Brides Series and the four medieval romances in The Champions of Saint Euphemia Series. If all goes according to plan, then more of my upcoming releases will join the list.

If you shop at a bricks-and-mortar bookstore that stocks romance, you can help this process by requesting that they stock these books or order the ones you want for you.

I’ve got more good news to share tomorrow…

Books in Bookstores

As the world of publishing and book distribution changes, there are new challenges to be solved. Here’s one issue – getting POD books into bricks-and-mortar bookstores – and one solution. My new trade paperback editions are printed by Createspace, and I’m really pleased with the product. These are print-on-demand books, though, which adds a wrinkle to print distribution. POD books are not returnable and orders often need to be prepaid. In traditional book distribution (for example, mass market paperbacks) books are both returnable (for up to two years) and are shipped on credit. The payment cycle in traditional publishing can run 180 days after shipping, so you can see that there’s a huge cash flow difference here for bookstores. There’s also a risk, because they have to order books and pay for them without being certain they can sell them. Finally, there may be corporate policies to follow: because Createspace is an Amazon company, some bookstores will not order from them on principle.

I can’t do anything about a lot of this, but I can do something about those bookstores who have no mechanism to order from Createspace. This solution has been derived in working with some of those bookstores, and I’m happy to do it for others. Most of these stores are independent bookstores, not chain stores, and they all have the ability to buy books from local authors. We’ve used this support-local-authors mechanism to get my new books into these stores, stores which know that they can sell my books. They contact me and tell me what titles they want in what quantity. I charge them 50% of the retail price, plus the shipping direct to their store. They pre-pay me, then I place the order with Createspace, giving their address for delivery. I independently mail them some postcards and signed bookplates. This seems to work out well and it makes readers and booksellers happy. If other bookstores are interested, please just get in touch.