It’s located inside the Monroe Mercantile which is a large antique shop. Even though they rent a small space, they treat their small area like a big box book store, with special events catering to the world of independent writers and publishers. Currently they have over thirty writers they cater to. Their system is simple. The writer pays a one-year fee, buying shelf space, plus a small additional few for every other title. When a copy of your book sells, you get 80% of the sell.
If you’re like me, an independent author, you know how hard it can be to get your books on the shelf in a book store. Oh, sure you can find a local place or two to put them on the shelf on consignment and if you’re lucky you can get a book signing or something to help promote your book. But not all authors have that luxury. Some have to be content selling their books on line or sitting up at shows.
But what if I told you about this place in Monroe, Georgia called The Southern Pen Bookshop. It’s not a bookstore in the traditional sense, but it caters to ALL INDEPENDENTLY written books. Would you be interested?
For one year, your book(s) are on the shelf for all to see. It’s the same process that the major publishing houses do, renting space for their writers in larger booksellers. The Southern Pen also have author spotlights, focusing on a different writer a month. They have signings, and even a writer’s conference. I have not been to the bookstore, but since I have a brother that lives in Georgia, I think I will be paying a visit soon. I’m providing a link to their website so you can have a look and decide if this might be something, you’re interested in. I know I am.