Today I popped in to my local Waterstones book store and caught the manager in a quiet moment. I initially wanted to enquire about having a book signing at the store. That would have to wait until the new year but then he gave me some interesting information. If I visited the Waterstones website I would find details regarding how to get my book onto their catalogue. There followed what can only be described as a journey into the unknown.
I have discovered that I need to register my revised edition with Nielsen BookData who are the sole providers of book information to Waterstones, they in turn asked me to register as a publisher with Gardners Books who are the recommended distributor for Waterstones. Phew! Are you still with me? They all sort of link together.
While I was searching through all that data, I happened upon (not sure how) the British Library. Now I find out that it is a legal requirement to send a hard copy of any book to their Legal Deposit Office supposedly within one month of its publication. Help! That’s what I have done today with a covering letter explaining how new I am to all this.
If I hadn’t gone in to Waterstones (and that was only because my friend couldn’t make it for hot choc) and was able to speak to the manager I would not have know any of this.
If any of you are self-published authors, you may be pleased to have the following links:
or visit waterstones.com At the bottom of the homepage there is a link for independent publishers and you will find loads of helpful information.
Good luck indies!