I have a question: Do bookstores ever stock self-published books? I know someone who runs a bookstore, and I was thinking of contacting her about this. How would it work as far as ordering books?
More than a million books are published each year now and bookstores don’t stock the vast majority of those, including traditionally published books. There simply isn’t enough shelf space.
In addition, most books are purchased online now, with online sales outpacing all physical bookstore chains.
However, many self-published authors have been successful getting small bookstores to stock their titles, either the regular way or through a consignment deal. See:
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