We are often approached by people who have published their book and want us to stock it. I would say in the first instance - download this excellent guide.
Why are you writing?
We encourage everyone to write as it’s wonderful therapy and good for the soul. But we’re not convinced that publishing is for everyone. Writing is hard, and the publishing world can be cruel. Before you take the plunge, stop and consider: Why are you writing? If it’s to make money, there are easier ways. If it’s to leave something for your family, that’s a beautiful and personal thing, and it doesn’t deserve to be subjected to the criticism of a publisher or strangers.
Did you know that...
190,000 books are published each year in the UK alone? And, at The Little Bookshop, we stock an average of 2,000 books. So we are considering hundreds of thousands of other titles competing for the very limited space on our bookshelves.
We are a community of book lovers who work together to share and spread a love of reading. We treat each other and our customers with respect. We likewise reserve the right to select the books we stock, and the people we work with.
It is sometimes the case that we can see value in a book, but we just can’t match it with our market. Please don’t be disheartened if you don’t hear back from us. What works in some shops will not work for others and all bookshops must be selective with stock to best fit their customers. If you don’t hear back, we wish you the best with your writing career.
The Little Bookshop team x