Daedalus Books in Portland, Oregon’s Pearl District now selling Echoes of Avalon.
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Good job! How did you do it? Did you solicit the owner directly? Via email? I’m curious to know how this came about. I solicited one local bookstore in my area (via email) but didn’t receive any response. I’d like to see how a successful sell worked compared to my fail.
I basically just walked in and asked. Actually, I called first to make sure the “decision maker” was there to save myself a drive if he wasn’t. He was, and I let him know I was coming in (I had dropped by card off the weekend before while showing a friend around the Pearl District). Even though my card is essentially a miniature book cover, cover art on one side and synopsis on the back, I still showed him my printed book and told him a bit about it. I let him know that it’s available on Amazon and Barnes&Noble.com. He spent some time looking on the computer, and informed me that Powells.com was also selling it (something I didn’t even know). He still balked at the idea, citing that he was mostly a used book store. I suggested consignment, and he agreed, printing me out a simple contract which allowed him only a small commission.
Email is not the way to go. All my successes were due to direct human contact. The start up page of my website has a list of local bookstores selling my book. Every single one was because I went in and talked to someone. Naturally, you need to approach stores that sell your genre.
The start up page of my website has a list of local bookstores selling my book. Every single one was because I went in and talked to someone.
That’s where I went wrong. Thanks! I’ll take that approach and go pound the pavement.
Good luck, and let me know how it goes!
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