So you’re hosting a release party for your novel? Congratulations on such an exciting event. You should be proud and relish in your success. It’s not every day someone publishes a novel.
Because deciding on a location for your party is the biggest choice to make, your first though would probably be a book store. While book stores offer numerous benefits, are there any drawbacks you should think about before booking the event day?
Unfortunately, there are a few and it’s up to you whether they are deal breakers or not.
In this ever popular eBook world, a lot of smaller publishers are only publishing your novel to eBook with a print book a few months later. In order to host your party at a book store, they require your novel be in print at the time of the party. And, some stores won’t even allow you to host your party in the store unless they are going to stock it, which for consideration of that, your novel needs to be approved.
The reason book stores require your book to be in print is because they charge a percentage consignment fee on each book sold. Usually, it’s about 3%, but it can range from book store to book store. Although, supporting your local book store is in turn supporting you, especially if they have your book in stock in their store, first paying your publisher for your books, paying for shipping, and then paying a commission without the chance for a royalty since you bought them can hit you right smack dab in your wallet.
Whether it’s time or date restrictions, you are at the mercy of the book stores’ schedule. Other author parties, or scheduled meetings, and store hours can hinder exactly when and how long your party is planned for. Not to mention, because each book store is different, you never know if they have contract requirements for you to use certain caterers.