Since a wire got crossed somewhere, consider this a post-haste post in lieu of the normally posted publishing post.
While it is not as important as it used to be, there’s still something about seeing your work on the shelf for sale beside books by other “real” authors. However, for indie writers, and small press as well, even some medium presses, that used to be dang near impossible. That might be changing, especially for those who use Ingram-Spark/ Lightningsource for print volumes.
On the other hand… “Independent booksellers often talk about their tight bonds with their local communities, and, increasingly, one of the many ways in which they are engaging with those communities is by stocking self-published titles by local writers. For years, the libertarian and frequently contrarian nature of independent authors was at odds with the requirements of bricks-and-mortar indies; self-published authors were empowered by the emergence of online retailers that produced, published, and sold their works, and they didn’t consider how those books would be sold in physical stores. But the relationship between indie authors and indie bookstores has evolved, and numerous booksellers are willing to stock self-published titles—albeit within certain limitations.”
One interesting note farther into the article is that some bookstores require proof that your book already has a market. Just like traditional publishers seem to.
Also, if you are on an Amazon imprint? Probably not. And your book needs to look like a traditionally published book. Among other things.
The entire article is interesting and offers food for thought for those of us who offer print as well as e-books. However, are we willing to keep-up with the trends in formatting, cover-design, et al to get stocked? And what if we don’t live in the county, but the independent book store is THE bookstore for a larger region?
H/T The Passive Voice