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Subject: Selling Already Published Books
Date Posted: 10/3/2008 1:02 PM ET
Member Since: 9/12/2005
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Ok, so my Pastor has asked me to act as his agent and get his previously published books into retail markets such as Sam's, Christian Bookstores, etc.

While I am excited about the opportunity, I do not have any experience with this.  Does anyone here know how to go about doing this?  Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.


Kathie G

Date Posted: 10/3/2008 2:40 PM ET
Member Since: 10/13/2007
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Are they still in print, I mean can you order these from anywhere?  If not then there is no point in trying to get them in stores.

If they are out of print, I think LULU could reprint them and you can have them listed at amazon, Ingram and various other places that is a vendor for books. Then you can contact various books stores  that deal with this topic, giving details of where they can buy copies of the books. You might want him to get a few copies that can be sent to stores so they can see what the books are like.

Xlibris is another self publishing company that might reprint books.

He will need to check who owns the rights to the book and get in contact with the publisher.

Far as I am aware unless the store is privately owned they usually buy books from the big vendors like Ingram or Baker and Taylor etc.

Date Posted: 10/3/2008 7:40 PM ET
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Thank you for the information.  I know he has several (meaning hundreds) copies of the book.  I guess the first place I should start is by contacting the publishers of each book and see if it is even feasible for us to try to sell them.

Thanks again!