Author FAQs

“How can I make a good first impression with Independent Booksellers?” 

Independent booksellers are some of the best advocates an author can have. Just ask New York Times bestselling authors Wiley Cash, Denise Kiernan, and Beth Revis, who credit us for putting thousands of copies of their books into the hands of readers. Here is a helpful how-to list if you do not have experience working with bookstores. If you are interested in seeing your book on our shelves or presenting an event at our bookstore, please keep in mind that as independent Booksellers, Amazon clashes with our core values. We understand the role it may play as a sales platform for your book, but Amazon is not in mutually beneficial relationships with communities, readers, authors, or their own employees the way independent bookstores are. One of the best ways to make a good first impression with independent booksellers is to actively encourage your readers to buy your books from Indies. You can do this by linking to IndieBound and/or your favorite Indie on your website and social media. Go one step further and list IndieBound or your favorite Indie first. Remember that just about everyone already knows about Amazon but not everyone realizes that Indies are also open 24/7 online. You can read more about the value of Indies and about Amazon's effect on the book industry here and here

“How can I get my book on your shelves?”

Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe is proud to offer a consignment program for independently published authors! Working with individual authors on a consignment basis allows us to carry many titles we would otherwise not be able to offer and strengthens our ties with the community. To be eligible for consideration, the author MUST live in Asheville or the immediate vicinity. For more information on our consignment process, click here. 

If your book is available through a distributor such as Ingram or Baker & Taylor at a standard retailer discount, consignment is not for you. Please contact our Senior Buyer Justin Souther via email at justin@malaprops.com

“How can I get my book listed on Malaprops.com?”

1) Log in to IndieBound.org using your personal account. If you don't have an account on IndieBound.org, please create one at https://www.indiebound.org/user/register
2a) Once you are logged in to your IndieBound account, point your browser to: http://www.indiebound.org/addabook
2b) Once you are logged in to your IndieBound account, for missing cover art, navigate to: http://www.indiebound.org/addabook/cover
3) Enter your data, attach an image, and submit.
4) Please allow time for approval by the American Booksellers Association. Once approved, it can take up to 24 hours for your book to appear in search results and on IndieBound.org.
All add-a-book requests must be submitted through these forms. Changes and corrections to existing books (other than cover art) should be emailed to addabook@bookweb.org.

“How can I be considered for an event at Malaprop’s?”

We are pleased to host a variety of authors at Malaprop's. Please click here to learn more about our events program and to be considered for an event unless these criteria apply to you:

If you are a local and your book is self-published or print-on-demand and not already in our inventory, please do not request an event until you have gone through the consignment process.

If you are a poet and would like to read at Malaprop's, please follow the steps to be considered for Poetrio, below. 

“How can I be considered for participation in Poetrio?”

To be considered for Poetrio, please complete this form and forward a copy of your new chapbook or collection to ATTN: POETRIO, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, NC 28801. Please make sure to include your contact information with the book. Please note that Poetrio is fully booked for 2019 and scheduling for 2020 will begin in late summer/early fall.