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Information for Authors


Written a book that you'd like Valley Bookseller to carry? 

Valley Bookseller is happy to support regional authors and their published work. However, we no longer accept books on consignment. If your book is self-published or is not available from Ingram, please scroll down to DartFrog Books for more information.

How to Sell Your Self-Published Book to Bookstores - read this first!

After reading How to Sell Your Self-Published Book to Bookstores, and you believe your book is a good fit for Valley Bookseller, please complete and submit the Author Information Form. DO NOT CALL THE STORE ABOUT YOUR BOOK OR BOOK SIGNINGS, STOP IN FOR "JUST A QUICK MINUTE" OR LEAVE A COPY OF YOUR BOOK AT THE STORE WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL. Unsolicited books will not be accepted or returned to you. We will respond by email if we decide to carry your book. Due to the high volume of inquiries, we cannot reply to those applicants whose work we've chosen to pass on. If you don't hear back from us in 2 weeks, we've decided not to take your book.

Only published books available from Ingram will be considered (regular discount/returnable). We do not accept books published by any of the Amazon imprints, including CreateSpace.

If we decide to carry your book, you'll be asked to mail or drop off a complimentary, published copy. We will place your book in the appropriate book section for a test run of 3 months. Placement and display of your book is at our discretion. If it sells within three months, we will reorder it through Ingram. If it doesn't sell within that time, we will remove it from the shelves and donate it.

When you visit the store to drop off your book, please DO NOT TRY TO ENGAGE STAFF. They are not able to assist with author inquiries. Thank you for being respectful of our staff and their time.

We ask that you encourage friends and family to purchase your book from our store. Please include in your marketing materials that the book is available at Valley Bookseller. We would appreciate it if you would link your book to our website,

DartFrog Books

We have discontinued our consignment program and now utilize the services of DartFrog Books to ensure that the highest-quality product is stocked in our store. DartFrog Books curates books that have already been published either by a small publisher or self-published by the author. Curated titles are placed at a minimum of 20 bookstores and are considered for direct promotion to more than 2,500 book clubs.

Are you looking to self-publish your book?

Valley Bookseller cannot advise you about self-publishing nor offer manuscript assistance. DartFrog Plus and IngramSpark accept manuscripts through their publishing programs. Visit their websites for more information.

Please note that Valley Bookseller will not carry books published by Amazon, including CreateSpace. Amazon does not support independent bookstores in any way, and in fact would like to put our bookstore and all other independent, brick-and-mortar retailers out of business. View Amazon's impact in Minnesota, based on a 2019 report co-sponsored by The American Booksellers Association and Civic Economics.