Going the self-publishing route is not easy, but nothing in life is worth having unless worked for!
I just wanted to let all my fellow BAS members know that after two years of trying, Barnes and Nobel retail has finally agreed to carry my novel, E-Males. They have placed an order for 200 copies.
As you know, it's far easier to get B&N on line to carry your book on their website than to get it into their retail stores. However, I'm here to tell you: Don't give up! Rewrite your proposal and resubmit it! First, look at it with a critical eye and make sure it's the best it can be! Go that extra mile, in other words. Find people who know how to write a proposal or educate yourself. Then, try again!
Getting a national retailer to carry your book is the way to go, especially if you do not have the time, energy, or money for multiple book fairs where you barely make more than the registration fees!
Yes, a retailer takes a cut of your profits, but a national chain has the ability to sell thousands of copies of your book! You will never sell thousands at a book fair! You can't even carry thousands of copies to a book fair!! LOL.
Ditto on Amazon. I have sold more books on Amazon than at all the book fairs I attended combined. I would advise you to continue to do book signings, because it's good publicity, but again: I've sold more on Amazon than I have at my signings. Therefore, even with the outrageous percentage Amazon takes, I have still made a profit. Plus, I've done so without spending gas money to drive to this or that location.
Please be careful of the advice you receive from people who are NOT self-published authors.
KEEP FOLLOWING YOUR DREAM!
Peace, Marcia L. McNair, Author of E-Males: A Novel
In Barnes & Nobel Summer 2009