I published my own book and did not use CreateSpace or Amazon publishing or printing services.
In an effort to make things easier for you and us, we have developed some guidelines to keep interactions with our indie authors professional, straightforward, and profitable for both parties.
In keeping with our general inventory, books must be:
- not published or printed by Amazon or any of its divisions such as CreateSpace
- published with a printed and bound spine, displaying an International Standard Book Number (ISBN), and a professional cover,
- priced appropriately for the market
- suitable for our inventory
- published within the last 6 months or not yet published
All requests to carry self-published books must be made in writing. Please send an email to email@example.com containing the Title, ISBN, your website, a high resolution image of your book jacket, your contact information, compelling reasons for carrying the book at Eagle Harbor Book Co. (ex. "I have friends and family that have expressed interest in buying it from Eagle Harbor Book Co", "the book is set in the area", other unique reasons that would compel a reader to buy it from us and not elsewhere). You may also send a finished copy to us along with a self-addressed stamped mailer for return if we decide not to carry the book. We regret that we are unable to accommodate walk-in visits or telephone inquiries prior to acceptance due to the high level of inquiries that we receive. We will not accept unsolicited review copies.
If your title is accepted, we will take 2-5 copies of each (our determination), and pay you for the books directly. You receive 60% of the cover price of the books that we accept; we receive 40%. This is non-negotiable and the absolute minimum margin under which we can sell books and still remain profitable.
We ask that you mention Eagle Harbor Book Co. or independent bookstores in general as a sales outlet when promoting your books and consider linking to our website. We can provide you with a targeted link that we will take customers directly to your books. We encourage you to include a link to your book at Indiebound.org and Bookshop.org, where your readers will be directed to their favorite local indie bookstore. Authors whose sites link only to Amazon will be cause for title rejection.