In a letter to the editor at the New York Times, Mrs. Dalloway’s Literary and Garden Arts co-owner Marion Abbott urged self-published authors to “think twice before venturing into a world largely unknown to them.”
While her comments may be discouraging for some self-published authors, our How To Sell Your Self-Published Book in Bookstores post will help you find a place for your indie book. Here’s more from Abbott’s letter:
We see this every day in our independent bookstore: writers dropping off unsolicited work in the hope that we will stock books that have had little or no editing, and few reviews or distribution beyond Amazon (always a nonstarter). With rare exceptions, it is unrealistic to expect busy booksellers, who conduct business with hundreds of established vendors already, to take them on: reading, evaluating and setting up separate vendors for each title.
If your independent bookstore will accept submissions from self-published authors, leave your information in the comments section–we will add your bookstore to our growing list.