The latest episode of the Struggling Indie Author Podcast went live today. I sat down with Vickie Bley of Southern Pen Bookshop, and we talked about how to establish and maintain a good working relationship with a brick-and-mortar store.
Getting your indie published book into physical retail locations can be a daunting process. Vickie shares her tips and tricks for success!
The Southern Pen Bookshop is a retail and online bookshop for the independent, non-traditionally published author. Vickie Bley, owner and an independent author, wanted to create a retail location where other authors like herself could sell their books out competing with commercially and traditionally published books. The shop has been in operation for three years and seen a steady growth in the number of authors who request to place their books on the shop’s shelves and made available
The bookshop has become known as more than a retail outlet but also a huge promoter of the authors and their books. Authors are invited to participate in multiple promotional events ranging from live interviews on Between the Pages Live, offering special programs for the shop’s podcast, and teaching webinars.
The Southern Pen Bookshop hosts several annual events such as: A Writer’s Conference, Georgia Independent Author of the Year Award, and a Christmas Tea. The retail location is located inside The Monroe Mercantile in downtown Monroe, Georgia.
How an author can become part of The Southern Pen Bookshop’s Family:
Authors may submit their books for consideration. Upon acceptance, the author pays a yearly fee of 10.00 a month for the first title and a flat 40.00 add-on fee for any additional titles. This fee is used toward marketing, promoting, and creating print advertising. In return, the authors receive 80% of their NET sales. Their books are offered through the shop’s retail location, website, and Facebook page.
About The Owner:
Vickie Bley has published several books under the pen name Tori Bailey. She has owned a hybrid publishing company, Turnip Press Publishing, where she published several books for other authors. With the experience of being an independent author and publisher, she used her knowledge of publishing, marketing, and retail experience to create The Southern Pen Bookshop. Vickie lives in Monroe, Georgia with her six rescue cats and husband of twenty-five years. She enjoys sharing her passion for books and promoting the authors of The Southern Pen Bookshop with readers.
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