Prospective & Self-Published Authors

Information on prospective and or self-published authors 

NOTE: If you have published via Create Space please understand that you are asking us, an independent bookseller, to do business with Amazon, the very company intent on driving us out of business. We do not do business with Create Space and with very few exceptions we do not stock their titles. Please do not ask us to do so.

We have developed a written explanation of our policies to save time and avoid misunderstanding. Please read these carefully and consider the following:

 A book sells best when it conforms to customer and industry expectations for finished books.

  • Books should be professionally published, have a bound and printed spine, display a bar code with an International Standard Book Number (ISBN), and have a suggested retail price printed on its exterior.
  • It should be priced comparably to others books of its type. Books of greatest interest to us and with the highest chance of success at our stores have a strong focus on the Outer Banks- either in topic, setting, history or plot.

Unfortunately, no bookstore can carry every published title, whether from a major publisher or self-published author, and many factors influence our decisions. The most important is whether your book will sell at our stores and to our customers. If after reading this, you would like us to consider your book, please leave a non-returnable review copy along with your contact information at either store. Please understand we get many, many review requests and allow us one month for examination. If you do not hear from us, please assume we have declined to stock your book.

IF we think that your book might be a good fit for our store, our terms are as such:

Your book will be displayed in a section featuring self-published titles.

We will take a small quantity of your book on consignment. That means when your books sell, we will pay you for them. It is your responsibility to provide us with a purchase order showing how many books you initially supply us with. You must check with us on a monthly basis to see how many books have sold then provide an invoice to us for those sales from which we can then pay you. We will buy the books from you at the standard book industry discount of 40%. This means we will pay you 60% of the retail price of the book when sold.

If your book has been self-published or published through a small press we do not currently deal with, we must be able to buy the books directly from you. WE DO NOT PURCHASE BOOKS FROM CREATE SPACE. Additionally, shipping is at the author’s expense. You may ship printed materials via the USPS using the very inexpensive and reasonable ‘Media Mail’ rate.

We expect books on our shelves to have a consistent ‘turn’ rate. If your book does not turn (i.e. sell) an adequate number of copies within 3 months, we reserve the right to discontinue carrying the title. The author will then have thirty days to pick up unsold copies, after which they will be donated to the Dare Literacy Council.

If the author maintains a website, we expect Duck’s Cottage to be listed prominently as a retailer for said title.

We understand that as an author, you are eager to meet the public and promote your book. We get lots of requests from authors to hold book signings at our stores. Based on our fifteen plus years in business, we have developed a pretty good idea of what books will be successful at an in-store event and even those books sell an average of a dozen copies over a two or three hour period. There is a lot of publicity work that goes into every event that we hold. Please understand that we cannot offer an event to every book that we carry. If you are willing to undertake the promotional aspects of a signing, agree to furnish the books at your signing and understand that they will be sold at our normal consignment terms (60/40), we will consider a certain number of these events. There is an additional event fee payable to Duck’s Cottage/Downtown Books of $50.00.

Failure on the author’s part to comply with the above stipulations will terminate any agreement and the books will become the property of Duck’s Cottage.