If your book is targeted toward a specific market niche
or subject (health, christian, ethnic, food, etc.)
specialty distributors can help you reach those readers.
Their discount is between 55 -65%, yes I know this is
higher than National Book Wholesalers (Baker & taylor,
Most welcome submissions of quality books. See the
Literary Market Place or the American Book Trade
Directory for listing's.
National Library Distributors:
There are more than 100,000 libraries in the United
States ranging from academic to public, and they
purchase about 14% of all the books published.
Most purchase through wholesalers or library
distributors. Both work on a consignment requiring a
55% discount and pay 90 days later.
Quality Books 1003 W. Pines Rd. Oregon, Il. 61061
Unique Books 5010 Kemper Axe. St. Louis, Mo. 63139
Send media kit & copy of book you want to include in
their distribution. Include letter detailing why there is
value in your book. In other words "what makes you so
special, that they should include you in their
Specialty Retail Outlets:
Not everyone buys books in bookstores. There are
tens of thousands of alternative outlets for books in
Including: home improvement centers, drugstores, auto
supply dealers, gourmet shops, health food stores,
museums and health clubs, to list a few.
Approach & show them your book can be an added
profit, especially if they are unaccustomed to carrying
Think of it this way, your book will not have to compete
with the many titles as in a bookstore!
Ask local owners how they learn about & choose to
carry products, or perhaps they could recommend a
distributor or sales organization for you to contact.
Most direct sales are made on a nonreturnable basis at
a 40 - 50% discount.
Ok we could go on and on with this subject so I'll leave
some for later... remember if there is anything of
interest feel free to let us know and we'll be sure to
include this as one of the topics.
Getting A Hand In The Comic Book Business
Author: John Scott Lewinski
The independent film scene is a well-established part of
Hollywood's daily business. Now, that kind of
freethinking and open-mindedness is becoming part of
the comic book business.
In March, Marvel Comics opened its doors to aspiring
artists and writers with its new EPIC line. For the first
time, the publisher hands over control of a comic book
every month to fans allowing anyone with the
necessary passion and discipline to create stories that
can give a fresh perspective to any Marvel character.
All of the publisher's super heroes are fair game,
including Spider-Man, X-Men, The Hulk and The
Creators are to pencil, color and letter their own works,
giving them true creative control.
"We know that there are great ideas out there and
fantastic stories to be told," Bill Jemas, Marvel CEO and
President of Publishing, said. "We say 'bring it on.' We
can test the waters with any number of new
characters and see what catches on. In addition, it
offers a great chance for outside talent to create and
be supported by our staff of professionals. And, quite
simply, it will challenge all those 'Monday Morning
Quarterbacks' who have been questioning our storylines
for years to pick up a pen and shut us up."
The imprint will be open to all levels of material, from
general to mature, and will be rated as such under the
publisher's current rating guidelines. It will contain
material that is much more experimental than Marvel's
The cover prices for EPIC titles will typically be $2.50,
though the publisher would price some titles at $2.25 if
possible. If an EPIC book is successful, it has the
potential to continue and equal a regular Marvel title in
terms of financial compensation. A bonus structure is
built into the program that offers financial incentives for
higher sales, as well as a royalty plan for trade
paperback collections. Marvel and the creator will share
ownership on creator-owned projects. And, creative
teams will be responsible for their own timeliness-
expected to take care of their own scheduling.
The EPIC line was to launch in June, but it faced
delays. On August 5, EPIC editor Stephanie Moore
reported that the publisher had provisionally approved
two new open-submission scripts. Marvel authorities
have yet to announce specifics, waiting until they know
how and when each script would be published. As of
early August, Marvel reportedly rejected about 100
scripts-working their way through the ever-growing
reading pile slowly. The publisher said it received
between 600 and 1,000 submissions by August 1.
For future submissions, artists and writers are asked to
follow basic advice:
Start the story at the beginning.
Do not jump into the middle of an existing plotline or
introduce the reader to your story in mid-swing.
Make your work clear.
Do not get caught up in old Marvel storylines.
Character introductions are the foundation of a good
Details on how aspiring comic creators can present
their work for EPIC are available at
http://www.marvel.com along with release forms, legal
explanations, etc. However, the rules for entry are
simple. Writers and artists are asked to submit samples
of their work-anything from stories on existing
characters or completely original works. If the work is
accepted, the creator will receive $500 in the mail and
encouraged to finish the process. If all goes well, the
opportunity is there for a new creator to make $32,000
on his/her first book.