Author Inquiry

River Bend Bookshop is proud to support authors at every stage of their career. 

We have separate processes for self-published and traditionally published books.  Please review the submission process for your method of publication and reach out to the shop with any questions.

 

SELF PUBLISHED / VANITY PRESS

If you have made your book available for distribution through Ingram - thank you!  Your book may already be available for order through our site.  Search for your ISBN number to confirm.  

If your book is listed, the price is correct, and you see an "Add to Cart" button - great!  River Bend is already selling your book and no further action is required.  Please consider adding a link to our site to your website and marketing materials, and encourage your family, friends and fans to get their copies at your neighborhood bookshop.  Great sales earn shelf space.  Sell a bunch, and we'll be more than happy to carry a copy in the shop.

If you see your book but it is priced higher than your regular list price, you have likely set your book to be available to bookstores at a lower than trade discount.  If you see "Email or Call for Price" it is likely that you set your book at no discount (NET pricing) to us - asking the bookshop to pay the full retail price for each book ordered. Selling books at a small profit is how we keep the lights on.  If you are serious about wanting to drive sales through the Indie Book Store channel, please set your discount to "full trade" and make your books returnable.  These are standard terms in our industry, and the only way we can afford to stock your book.

 

If you have chosen to not make your book available through a distributor, we may consider stocking it through our consignment program.  This is not our preferred way to do business, and a very small number of consignment requests are accepted.  A cooperative marketing fee is required in order to obtain shelf space.  

You will only recieve a response from River Bend if your title is selected.  Books sent to the shop will not be returned unless a self-addressed stamped envelope is provided.  Books sent to the shop without return envelopes will be donated to the Glastonbury Wells-Turner Memorial Library book sale, with proceeds benefiting the Friends of the Library.  

  1. Review the consignment program details
  2. If our program meets your objectives, complete a Consignment Program Package - including a self-addressed stamped envelope, and a check for the cooperative marketing fee
  3. Submit your completed package to the shop by mail or drop off with a bookseller
  4. River Bend staff will review your submission and respond or return your package within 3 weeks

TRADITIONALLY PUBLISHED

Working with a traditional publishing company, large or small.  

If your book has been published traditionally and is available to us through our normal purchasing channels, please complete the title information form.  We are happy to review titles submitted through this form and will consider for frontlist ordering during our seasonal purchasing windows.  Please include information on local connections, regional interest, or other information you feel would be helpful in our evaluation.