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I wrote a book - will you carry it?

Thank you for visiting this page and thank you for writing! We couldn't sell books without you creating them. 

Before we begin, please understand:

  1. We evaluate thousands of new books every year and field many event requests per year. Thank you for your  patience.

  2. We are receiving stocking requests from self- and conventionally-published authors at an increasingly high volume every day. Thank you for understanding that we cannot handle phone calls or drop-in visits - we are prioritizing receiving and shelving books and helping customers.  Please do not leave a copy of the book at the store or send one unless we request it. Unsolicited samples that are dropped off or mailed to us will be donated unread.

  3. We have a policy of not carrying books published by Createspace or KDP, because, as a matter of principle, we disagree with Amazon's business model and egregious business practices and want no part in further funding it. In addition, it is not an intelligent business move to put money into the pockets of a direct competitor whose stated mission includes the intent of causing our business and others like ours to fail. For more information, read How to Resist Amazon and Why by Danny Caine.

If you have self-published a book, we have a few events every year in which we highlight local, self-published authors.  We have some stand-alone author features for authors who are closely connected with the store.  And, we have multi-author events:  During these events, each author is given a one-hour time-slot, in which to do a reading, talk about their book(s,) do a Q&A, or whatever the author would like to do to highlight their book. 


Book sales work as follows:  The authors bring their stack of books, the bookstore jerry-rigs it into the inventory system for the event and at the end of the event writes a check to the author for 60% of the sales of that book, and the author takes any remaining inventory home with them.  Authors are expected to help publicize that they will be featured at this event.

If you are asking us to consider your book, and it is available on Ingram with a standard trade discount, please fill out the following form:

How long have you been a customer of Whitelam Books?

Why do you think your book will be a good fit at Whitelam Books?

How do you plan to promote your books at our store?

Thank you for your interest.

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