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Valley Bookseller - the bookstore with great reads!

Information for Authors

Written a book? Want us to carry it? 

Authors often ask us to sell their books. 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 or Baker & Taylor, please scroll down to DartFrog Books for more information.

We get a lot of requests, so PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE STORE 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 only accept published books available from Ingram or Baker & Taylor. We do not accept books published by any of the Amazon imprints, including CreateSpace.

Please complete and submit the Author Information Form. 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.

If we decide to carry your book, please mail or drop off a complementary, 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 or Baker & Taylor. 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. For the same reason, please DO NOT CALL the store to pitch your book. Thank you for being respectful of our staff and their time.

We ask that you encourage friends, family and others to purchase your book at 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, Valleybookseller.com.

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 2018 report co-sponsored by The American Booksellers Association.