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Authors & Publicists

ABC Catalog

Thank you for your interest in having Spellbound Children’s Bookshop carry your book or host an event.

Note on traditional vs. self-published: no matter what service provider you use, you are considered self-published if you paid any money whatsoever to have your book published. Traditional publishers do not charge authors for publication. Be aware that, to most bookstore staff, saying your book is from an independent publisher implies a small traditional publisher–independent in the sense of not being owned by a large corporate conglomerate, like Chronicle Books, Candlewick Press, Sourcebooks, Algonquin, etc.)

For authors/publicists from traditional publishers

Please contact Leslie (shop owner and book buyer/event coordinator) at leslie AT spellboundbookshop DOT com or (828)575-2266 regarding planning an event or stock signing on or off tour. Events are ideally booked a minimum of six weeks in advance to allow for proper publicity. However, if yours is a book we stock (or would like to), we will do our best to accommodate.

  • Before an event is confirmed, the author website must link to www.spellboundbookshop.com or www.indiebound.com. Alongside other buy links is fine; just don't skip indie stores completely!
  • We don’t host authors who only direct fans to Amazon and chain stores. Period.
  • The author and/or publisher must agree to promote the event/signed book stock on social media.

For self-published authors

Regarding self-published authors, please read the following carefully before contacting Spellbound staff. If you haven't already, please check out the resources available from The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, including best practices for marketing your book.

While we feel a responsibility to help new authors get a foothold and to support the local creative community, we must be very careful about choosing our inventory and planning our events in a way that supports our business goals. Shelf space is a limited and valuable commodity in a small store like ours. At this time, Spellbound stocks very few self-published titles and is not accepting any new ones. We may add a special section for local self-published authors later in the year. Check this page for updates, and thank you for understanding.