Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Add My Book to Your Store

Please do not call me! Often I receive requests from authors, wanting me to add their book to our store, eager to learn ways to promote their book. The last thing an author wants is a garage full of their books! To save time answering one author at a time, I have spent a great deal of time collecting a list of resources that I pray would be a help and encouragement to you as an author.

Our store is supplied by 40+ distribution warehouses so the chances are you will find your book already listed in our store. If you see your book in our store, please check the description for accuracy. If you don't see an author bio, please send us one and we'll be happy to add it to your book listing. If your book cover is blurry, please supply me with a good photo and I will upload it to your book listing. Be sure to mention the ISBN number so I can easily find your book.

If you don't see your book listed in our store, number one, go back and make sure it's tagged as a "Christian" book, because we are a Christian bookstore, not a secular one. Contact your publisher if you don't know how to fix that label yourself. Mailing a copy of your book to me will not help, because we are not a brick and mortar store but strictly an online store.

To have your book added to our network of stores, it needs to be added to one of our distribution channels. Below are our three biggest ones. Find their contact page and get in touch to see what you need to do to have your book added.

Anchor Distributors
STL Distribution
Ingram Distribution

As an author, you need to educate yourself. Here are some great resources to help you learn how to get your book marketed:

365 Ways to Market Your Christian Book. Specific People, Places, Procedures by Bette E Filley

Christian Writers Market Guide 2012 by Jerry B. Jenkins

Faith-Based Marketing: The Guide to Reaching 140 Million Christian Customers by Bob Hutchins and Greg Stielstra

Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt (formerly CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers)

You Can Market Your Book: All the Tools You Need To Sell Your Published Book by Carmen Leal

Your Guide to Marketing Books in the Christian Marketplace, Second Edition by Sarah Bolme

Below are websites you should find of great help:

* Excellent tips on how to promote your book
* 12 Tasks Every Author Should Tackle Before Publishing a Book
* How to select the right publisher
* 25 Things You Need to Know About Self-Publishing a Book

Our parent company, DeeperCalling Media is now giving away free online stores to charities, authors, churches, ministries, broadcasters, and CBA bookstores. If you would like to have an online store to sell your books, CDs and more, then visit our parent company's website here and ask for details. I do not personally have that information.

Hope this helps! Please let me know if you would like to receive an occasional newsletter from us so we can stay in touch.

Helping you make a difference,
Barbara Haas

Swiss Valley Christian Bookstore
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