Every writer wants to see their book on the bookshelf of a major bookstore and I am no different. Since I was nine years old I have dreamed of becoming a famous author, seeing my book on the shelf in a big name store.
However, going from published to bookstore shelf eluded me for quite some time. Until recently. I’m humbled and proud to tell you that my book Don’t Eat Your Boogers (You’ll Turn Green) is now being carried in my local Barnes & Noble bookstore.
How did I get there?
For the longest time I didn’t understand that in order to get your book into bookstores you had to have distribution. What is distribution? Distribution means that if for some reason your book does not sell, the store can return it to the company they ordered it through.
This is very important because stores don’t want to be stuck with books that do not sell. Once I understood this, I had to figure out what company I could publish through and have distribution.
I knew friends who had published through IngramSpark and were able to get into our local Barnes & Noble, so I thought I would check it out.
After doing a little reading, I signed up for an account. After getting a few things in order, I started the process of publishing my book Don’t Eat Your Boogers (You’ll Turn Green). One thing I really liked was the step by step process that they walk you through.
I had also come across an awesome video tutorial about how to upload your book to IngramSpark which I found very, very helpful. After going through the five step process and paying the set up fee ($50.00), they will check your files for any errors.
I was having issues with my cover and had to go back and forth with my illustrator but we got it all worked out.
I approved my files and then ordered a copy just to make sure everything looked okay. I wanted to make sure my cover looked perfect. It did and after that I approved my book for distribution to book stores.
My next step was to call our local Barnes&Noble to see if I was in the system yet. It took a few days but once I was in, they agreed to order a few copies (usually 3-5) to carry in store. From there I ordered some copies for an upcoming author event.
And then went on vacation for a week. Once I returned, I went to check to see if my books had come in yet. And they had! It was truly the most humbling, surreal feeling in the world to see my book on the shelf in a Barnes&Noble but also so exciting at the same time.
I’m so glad I decided to publish with IngramSpark. It not only sparked a childhood dream, it has made that dream come true.