This advice is for independent/self published authors. If you are an independent author/s and would like us to consider stocking your book please see the Booksellers Association Guide in the link below, and our guidance (further down the page) prior to contacting us to consider your book.
Please note we are currently not accepting any new titles from authors directly until March of 2020. We will not be able to assess any emails sent before then, so please see the advice below for March 2020 onwards only. This is due to our other shop commitments and pressures including the impending Christmas season and the launch of our book subscription service. Unless your book is available through wholesalers (on standard terms), or it is traditionally published, then please delay contacting us until March 2020 or later when we will then be able to consider your book as below.
Here is a handy guide written by experienced bookseller Sheila O’Reilly and produced by the Booksellers Association with tips and advice from high street booksellers to help authors get their book stocked in a bookshop…
If you would like us to consider your book then please follow these simple steps to ensure we have enough information to make an informed decision…
We are a very small team at Imagined Things, and have a very large number of requests to stock titles, therefore it can take a while for us to review each email. If we are interested in hearing more or seeing the book then we will get in touch with you usually within six weeks (when we are open to submissions from independent authors). We do consider every book we’re sent but regret we do not have the capacity to respond to all requests individually, if you haven’t heard from us then we’re either not accepting requests presently (you can check this at the top of the page) or we have reviewed your email but don’t feel the title is a good fit for us. We have to be very passionate about a title to stock it, especially if dealing with the author/s directly as this creates a lot of administrative work for us.
Please do not send us your book in the post as we’re unable to review all titles we’re sent and will not be able to send it back to you or store it for collection due to our limited storage space. If we would like to see your book then we’ll ask by responding to your email.
Thank you for your interest in having your book stocked at Imagined Things!