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Drury Lane Books gets many, many requests to carry books from both self-published and traditionally published authors, and we don't have the space to carry them all. Our considerations and process are listed below.
If, after reading, you think your book would be a good fit at Drury Lane, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the info listed below.
I wrote a book, will you carry it?
We support many local and regional authors in our small space, while also carefully curating our collection to have an excellent selection of world-wide authors. Those authors living full-time in the immediate area are in the most demand as far as self-published books go. Books about our area are also of interest. Some genres simply aren’t in as much demand here as they are elsewhere, we have to take this into consideration. We will also choose books with professional looking covers and illustrations (if children's books), books free from printing errors and formatted in a professional manner. See below for more specific tips.
Book info should be sent by email, please include your locale in the subject line. We are unable to accommodate walk-in visits or telephone inquiries as when our doors are open we’re focused on helping customers, pricing and shelving books, and other day to day activities which keep the doors open. When emailing us information about your book please include your name and where you live, your email address, the book title, publication date, the ISBN, a link to a website with info about your book (not Amazon or Barnes & Noble, please), what your local target audience will be here in Grand Marais, and how you plan to promote your book here. Send the info to email@example.com. Please note that since we receive so many requests we can’t personally reply to all inquiries, but we will take a look at the info you send to see if it’s a good fit for our store.
If you choose to leave or mail a copy of your book it will be considered a free review copy.
If your book has been published through a traditional publisher and we feel we have the appropriate audience for it we will order it through them or one of our regular distributors on standard industry terms (40-50% wholesale discount). If your book is self-published and not available through our regular distributors, or does not have the standard terms, we may decide to purchase from you directly. If we decide your book is a good fit for our store we generally start with 1-2 copies, depending on genre, and reorder as they sell. We don’t do consignment.
Do you have any tips for making my book successful in a bookstore?
Having your book published is a a big, exciting step. To end up with the best product you can, a book to be proud of and one people want to read, we have some very basic tips:
We strongly encourage all authors to have their book professionally edited. A potential reader flipping through your book will likely walk away if there are obvious spelling errors (particularly on the cover).
Think about hiring a professional graphic designer to do your cover and layout–given a choice the public is much more likely to pick up a book that looks good. Formatting errors disrupt the flow of a story (for fiction) or can cause real confusion about events (for nonfiction). As mentioned above, the book title and preferably your name should be printed on the spine.
Buy an ISBN and have a barcode printed on the back cover. It’s difficult to restock your book if we can’t easily track it in our system.
Go with an affordable publishing company so you can price your book reasonably within its genre. Look at other published books in the same genre, trim, and bulk to get an idea of common pricing and price your book accordingly. You don’t necessarily need to print the price on the cover but be consistent; your book should sell for the same price through every outlet.
Send people to indie bookstores to buy your book! Register your book with IndieBound.org so it can be listed on our website and other indie bookstore sites. Whenever you do publicity for your book list all local outlets. People buying your book from us means we can buy more copies from you.
Can I have a signing at your store?
We hold the majority of our author events May-October, and we plan each season’s events ahead of time in February and March. We don’t have the space or the traffic flow to have a daytime book signing, but we hold hour-long author reading and signings on weekend evenings in the summer and fall. If your book has been selling well for us or if there is strong local demand, we will contact you.