Libraries … a great place to sell books to. Why? They pay their accounts on time and don’t return books.
Librarians love books and create buzz in the library community.
Librarians make recommendations and know their customers.
What you need to know is that the great majority of libraries order books through key distribution centers—such as Baker & Taylor, Ingram and Quality Books. You need to have your books in at least one of the library approved buying portals.
Below are websites to start the library cart rolling. You will need to explore them and submit per their guidelines
- Baker & Taylor http://www.btol.com/index.cfm
- Ingram Content http://www.ingramcontent.com/Pages/Publishers.aspx
- Follett http://www.titlewave.com/
- Unique Management Services http://unique-mgmt.com/
- Quality Books http://www.quality-books.com/
Don’t think of these companies as your warehouse to store books. Use Author & Speaker Fulfillment for that (contact info is on the AuthorU.org website under Resources—all bulk orders can be shipped for fulfillment directly from Author/Speaker Fulfillment (which would be the “warehouse” to ship inventory from… but usually libraries use distributors like Baker & Taylor, Ingram, Follett, Unique and Quality.
Get the library force on your side.
Judith Briles is a book publishing expert and coach. She empowers authors and is the Founder of Author.org, a membership organization created for the serious author who wants to be seriously successful. She’s been writing about and conducting workshops on publishing since the 80s. Judith is the author of 33 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms (ForeWord IndieFab Book of the Year), Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers and a speaker at publishing conferences. The CrowdFunding Guide for Authors & Writers was published in June 2015.
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