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More Than Two and bookstores

August 20, 2014

Pub date is in two weeks, and first of all, we have some good news! More Than Two is now available for pre-order at Powell’s, a ginormous independent bookstore in Portland. If you’ve been holding out for an online alternative to Amazon, Powell’s is an excellent choice. Hopefully they’ll have us on their shelves, too. (Note: That’s an affiliate link. We get an extra $2 per book when you use it, along with a percentage of anything else you buy on the same visit.)

Oh, and Kindle pre-orders are open.

Now for the less-good news: We are having a harder time getting into bookstores than we’d hoped. Our Amazon sales ranks have been great–we actually surpassed Opening Up for a couple of days there!–but orders through the wholesalers have been disappointing. We really, really want to be in bookstores. That’s why we delayed our pub date, after all!

The problem is that even having an incredibly popular book won’t necessarily get you into brick-and-mortar stores. Here’s what our publicist has to say about it:

Bookstores get books through through their distribution networks who send catalogs then have salespeople hand sell their own catalog lists. You are unlikely to get multiple bookstore orders outside of individually ordered books from customers. Exceptions to this are independent bookstores who can be contacted individually.

She says that for us to contact individual stores all around the country would be a lot of work for a relatively small return, given that we don’t make a whole lot per book. But… you can help us!

Do you have a local indie bookstore? Then make sure they know about–and are planning to carry–More Than Two! The best strategy is to drop by with your advance copy in hand and show it to them, so they can see the production quality. If there’s a local poly community, make sure you mention that to them, along with some idea of numbers. They’ll be much more likely to want to carry it if they know there’s a market in your town. If you can’t make it in person, a call or email will help, too.

Be sure to mention that the book is distributed through the major wholesalers, Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and they are returnable. Our distributor is IPG: (800) 888-4741.

If you need help, you can use the IndieBound store finder to find your local indie bookshop.

Oh! And if you do see a copy of More Than Two on sale, snap a photo of it and email it to eve@morethantwo.com, or post it to our Facebook page, along with the location.

Thank you for your help! (And don’t forget your library request.)

 

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