04-05-2012 11:33 PM
05-31-2012 05:12 AM
Hello there, just seen the original post now. The thing is, it is simply not the norm, so certain conditions have to be in place to get Waterstones or anyone to override this and physically stock a self published book. The most important one is, proven local sales / level of interest. If you could convince them that stock would sell from their store, then you've got a chance. Plus with Waterstones, there seems to be flexibility on payment; I know someone who, all at the one store over a couple of years or so, was at first paid in full upon her giving stock to the store for sale; at other times the shop took the stock and then later paid her what was due after the books had sold, and yet another time bought in stock themselves using the Lulu / Amazon retail listing, procuting the book at wholesale. But as these are non-standard arrangements, it is not guaranteed, and it can be even down to the differences in the attitude of any one local manager to another. It may be the one you tried would have turned Gutenberg's Bible down, went whistling off to the back room for coffee while next door in Smith's people couldn't move for pallet loads going out the door, we are at the mercy of such whims, sadly, and unless the ebook revolution kills off the hard copy, probably always will be.