Contacting the Publisher
To locate current contact information search for that publisher by using Google, Ask Jeeves, or another computer search engine.
Many publishers may be current or old imprints of larger house, or were companies bought out by other houses.
may order the author's books from a local bookstore or distributor.
Orders may also be arranged through direct contact to the appropriate
publishers. Before ordering obtain information regarding the book store's or publisher's
discounts, terms, and ordering procedures.
Most publishers have
special terms for books being ordered for an author appearance.
Be sure to specify that the books are being ordered in conjunction with
an author appearance. Orders should be placed at least 6 weeks
before the appearance. Specify a date at least 2 weeks prior to
the visit, as the required delivery date.
Most book dealers will order the books and make them available for you
on a "book fair" type basis. Generally an organization can
generate about 20% of the sales, as revenue for future author visits.
Dealing directly with the publisher can yield 40% of the sales but the
organization is usually responsible for paying postage costs (to and
from) for all books ordered and for those books that are unsold.
We generally reccommend that books are pre-ordered and made available
to readers BEFORE the author visits. That increases the
readers' familiarity with the books and helps with the readers' preparation
for the author's appearance. The author will be
pleased to autograph those books for readers.