Matthew 17:20, my favorite verse. "... If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you."
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
How to Get your Book in at B&N
Each year, we review more than 100,000 submissions from publishers of every
size and background. Our buyers review publishers’ catalogues, marketing
materials and galleys or sample copies to help them make their decisions. Most
of these books are added to our book database and a small order is placed for
our warehouse. This makes a title available for sale on our Web site and for
order through our stores.
If you would like your title to be considered by our buyers, please submit a
finished copy (no manuscripts please) of the book along with marketing and
promotion plans, trade reviews, and a note describing how the book meets the
competition (what makes it unique) to:
The Small Press Department Barnes & Noble 122 Fifth Avenue New
York, NY 10011
Please include your phone number and e-mail address.
The information must include the ISBN and the suggested retail price. The
review process takes about six weeks. The Small Press Department responds to all
submissions in writing.
All books will be considered for store placement based on subject matter and
salability. Please consider the following points when publishing and presenting
your book. Points to Consider
Does your book have an International
Standard Book Number (ISBN)?
We use the ISBN to track inventory and sales information. An ISBN is a
10-digit number that specifically identifies your title. ISBNs are furnished
ISBN Agency 630 Central Avenue New Providence, NJ
07974 (877)310-7333 (908)219-0188 (fax) www.isbn.org
Processing takes 10 working days. An extra fee brings 72-hour priority
handling. If your book has already been printed, you can sticker your book with
the ISBN once it is assigned. The ISBN and price should appear on the back cover
of the book. TOP Does your book have a bar code?
Bar codes help our stores handle books more efficiently. The bar code which
incorporates your ISBN is scanned at the time of purchase, thus recording
accurately the sale of your book. The book industry uses the Bookland EAN bar
code, not the UPC. If your book is already printed, you can have pressure
sensitive labels produced for placement on the back cover. For a list of
commercial Bar code suppliers, visit the BISG website: www.bisg.org/barcoding/bc_suppliers.html. TOP
What sort of binding (saddle
stitch, staple, perfect, plastic comb, ring) does your book have?
Perfect binding is more expensive, but perfect-bound books have the potential
for a longer shelf life and better sales because the name of the book can be
printed on the spine. Since most of the titles in our stores are placed on the
shelves spine out, stapled or saddle stitched books essentially disappear. If
your book is plastic comb-bound or perfect-bound, the title and other pertinent
information should be printed on the spine. Otabind is another type of perfect
binding that allows a paperback to lie flat. TOP Is your book available through a
Your willingness to place your book with a book wholesaler may determine
whether or not we carry it. Wholesalers normally expect a 50-55% discount, pay
in 60-90 days, and expect books to be returnable. Some expect free freight.
Placing your book with a wholesaler will simplify your billing (one invoice to
one location). It also allows Barnes & Noble to place larger orders and put
the book on automatic replenishment. Wholesalers are used by many segments of
the book industry: publishers, libraries, and booksellers. Other bookstores
order from the same wholesalers used by Barnes & Noble. We can help put you
in touch with an appropriate wholesaler. TOP Is your book priced competitively
with other titles of a similar topic and quality?
Price can be a determining factor for a customer when looking at books
similar in content, presentation and format. Look at the pricing of other like
books in the same category, and try to price yours competitively. TOP Has your book met compliance
Barnes & Noble requires all vendors to certify that all products they
supply meet all applicable compliance requirements, including but not limited to
the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). Vendors are
expected to maintain knowledge of and comply with all safety standards for their
products. If approved, suppliers will be required to submit a completed and
signed Vendor Compliance Certification Form certifying compliance with the Barnes & Noble Vendor and Product Compliance
The new Vendor Compliance Certification program supersedes the previous
compliance form and covers a broader range of product and compliance standards,
in addition to children’s products and the CPSIA. TOP Why should Barnes & Noble place
your title on its shelves?
Tell us what makes your book unique or special. What is your marketing plan?
Send us your publicity and promotional plans, along with any reviews or articles
that may have been written about your book(s). TOP Where can you find more information on
the topic of book writing, publishing, and marketing?
The reference shelf in your favorite bookstore or local library features a
wide variety of titles about writing books and the business of publishing.