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 due to the COVID-19 crisis. Unless your book is available through wholesalers (on standard terms), or it is traditionally published, then please don’t contact us presently. The COVID-19 crisis has put unprecidented pressure on businesses and we need to focus on dealing with the ongoing effects of this, and do not have time spare to assess independent books. We are unable to respond to any queries that are sent due to the sheer volume of requests we receive.
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.(Please note many other bookshops may also not be accepting requests presently due to COVID-19, but if/when they are this guide is very useful.)
Our Guidance – FOR FUTURE USE – WE’RE CURRENTLY NOT ABLE TO CONSIDER ANY INDEPENDENT BOOKS DUE TO COVID-19
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.
Please don’t bring your books into the shop for consideration, as we don’t have time during the working day to assess books. Our booksellers are busy with many other tasks in the shop, and will not be able to look at your book. We will ask to see any books we may be interested in stocking by responding to your email.
We are also unable to provide any feedback on books, if this is what you’re looking for please send your books to literary agents or undertake a writing course. We have literally millions of books we need to consider for stocking in the shop, and don’t have time to provide feedback on individual titles.
Thank you for your interest in having your book stocked at Imagined Things!
We are still taking orders online - please see our COVID-19 updates here Dismiss