I don’t know about where you live, but around here traditional bookstores–offering new, not used, print editions–have all but disappeared. Save for Powell’s, which is a Portland icon, a destination for tourists and locals alike. Today’s prompt asks about non-bookstore sales. I’m thinking that’s all I’ve got!
Non-bookstore retail is suited to non-fiction. Self-help books at Lowe’s Hardware, for example, or gardening books at Al’s Garden Center. Business development books at Staples or Office Depot.
But novels? These would need a specialty tie-in. As a cozy mystery with a dog might sell at a pet store. But romance?
Now if I wrote bodice rippers I could see about Frederick’s of Hollywood! Then again, perhaps that clientele would be more interested in a how-to…
E-book editions account for most of my sales, and print books are purchased from on-line retailers. I’m not repining. Thanks to print on demand, all of my books are available–the entire back list.
On-line shelf space is endless. Not so with a physical store, where a book must keep selling or out it goes.
A book table at Jane Austen events is another idea. However, living this far west puts me at a disadvantage. I’d need to recover some of the expenses of travel, and with what I’ve experienced with book table sales, well…meeting wonderful people is the real benefit. Exposure and buzz for later sales…
On-line e-book promotion–reaching readers outside of Amazon–is where I need to be. So I’ve been looking into services like BookBub and book review bloggers to help spread the word.
Thanks to a Staff Development Day, I have a three-day weekend! Our wonderful principal has given us the day–no meetings! So it’s Edit Lockdown for me. My goal is to get the final page number finalized so that Darcy By Any Other Name can be released.