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Information for Authors
*** Updates to this page, and our processes, are forthcoming, including processes for emailing sales sheets (we are not doing Author Pitches at this time). Please check back soon for 2023 updates. ***
Welcome, authors! Thank you for considering Adventure Bound Books as a place for your stories to live and reach readers. We love celebrating stories! Due to the overwhelming number of requests that we receive from authors to consider specific books for our inventory and for events, we are finding it necessary to streamline our process for considering books for the shelves and our events calendar. We will continue to update these processes as needed, so please be sure to check back regularly for the most up-to-date way to let us know about your book. Please also read this article from an author about best practices when working with Independent Bookstores - there is valuable information here!
We find that we typically hear from two types of authors - traditionally published authors and authors who are self-published or published with print-on-demand publishers. Therefore, we have two options that we typically offer authors as we consider your book for our shelves and how to share your story with readers:
If the books are traditionally published and the bookstore can purchase the books directly through the publisher at industry-standard terms, then we usually work with a publicist, and on rare occasion the author, to set up an author event. If you are in this category of authors, please have your publicist reach out to us to discuss virtual and in-person event opportunities.
If the books are self-published, published by a hybrid publisher, or published by a print-on-demand publisher, you are encouraged to send a one page sales/information sheet to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration. Please do not include Amazon reviews or Amazon links on these documents. Please do include whether or not your book is available for purchase through distributors such as Ingram Book Group. If your book is published by a smaller/indie press who uses Amazon or KDP to bring their projects to market, please contact us once you know that your book has been made available for the bookstore to purchase either directly from the publisher or through Ingram Book Group. We do not purchase titles from Amazon or KDP. Should we wish to carry your book in our store, we may choose to work directly with you, the author, rather than your publishing company and Angela is happy to discuss these factors for consideration with you at a scheduled time. We do not work with authors who drop in, unscheduled, to tell us about their book. We appreciate your attention to our busy days, behind the scenes projects, and the needs of our in-store and online customers, and we are grateful for your respect of our time, projects, and deadlines. We are more than willing to work with you to consider your book for our customers and request that you reach out to schedule a time to discuss your book.
Self-published/Indie Authors may also be interested in our Indie Author Showcase. Previously held twice per year, we are going to move to a once-a-year event and focus our energy on our late fall event, just before the winter holidays, as it has been the most successful for our authors to date. In 2022, we collaborated on this event with the folks at the Burke County Public Library for a wildly successful event. Interested authors should complete the form (which will be updated for 2023 soon!) and are welcome to email the bookstore (email@example.com) to let us know you completed the form for consideration. Authors will receive a confirmation by October 15th. Multiple authors attend these events, each getting a table to set up at and from which to engage customers in conversation around their book(s). If an author does really well at a Showcase event, meaning they sell a significant number of books, or we hear positive feedback from customers, we may consider hosting an individual event for them.
Please note: When we carry an indie author's book in the bookstore, we ask that the author include a link to our e-commerce website for book ordering, as well as mention "available at Adventure Bound Books" or a link to bookshop.org and a mention that the books are available "where ever books are purchased". If we find that an author's social media and website continue to only list Amazon as the place to purchase their books, we will no longer carry the titles in our bookstore. When we carry an indie author's book in the store, we will, most often, purchase them from the author directly (we do not purchase books from Amazon). If an indie author’s book is available through distributor markets at industry-standard terms, we can restock that way and this allows us to special order copies of the book if we run out of inventory but have a customer interested in the book. Ingram Book Group and Ingram Sparks work with indie authors and hybrid publishers to offer books that are returnable and are available at an industry standard minimum discount of 40%. You can learn more from IBG/Ingram Sparks.