Shoppers & General Enquiries
Contact us by phone or email, or complete the form below.
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 9.30am-5.30pm, Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm
Phone: 01732 452 055
Email: [email protected]
If you would like us to consider stocking your book please read all the information on this page before using our contact form above.
It may take some time for us to reply and we will only respond if we think your book is right for our shop and we have the time, space on our shelves and capacity to stock and sell it well. We are a small team and receive huge quantities of emails every day and whilst we’d like to respond to all of them, it often simply isn’t possible. So please don’t chase us if you’ve not had a reply from a speculative submission.
Please note: we will not consider submissions from October to December as this is such a busy time with so many new books being published.
What We’re Interested In:
We generally only take non fiction books of local interest / local history.
We do not take any works of memoir, fiction or books for children that have been self published or published by a hybrid publisher.
If you are a local author who has been published by a mainstream publisher and would like to tell us about your book we would be happy to hear from you.
What You Need to Do
Here are some key points to think about. They are taken from an excellent guide, ‘Getting Your Book Stocked in a High Street Bookshop‘, which you can find on the Booksellers Association website.
- Contact us via our contact form rather than in person – this gives us time to think about your proposal. Even if you want to bring the book in please don’t visit unannounced – if you contact us first we can arrange a quick appointment with the appropriate buyer.
- Give us a quick synopsis of the book and a little bit about who you are.
- What is the selling price and what will it cost us?
- How do we order it? Is it available through the book trade wholesaler? How do we return unsold stock?
- What marketing and publicity will you be undertaking to direct potential customers to us?
- Look at the production quality – your book will have to compete for space and sales with books from publishers who invest a lot in design and presentation.
Please don’t be disheartened if we say ‘No’ to your book – what works for some bookshops doesn’t work for others. Our decisions about what to stock are based on our knowledge of our customers and what they like to read, what we have the expertise to sell, and what the level of local interest is likely to be.
Please click here to view any current vacancies.
We currently take 2 students per year for work experience, for a maximum of 1 week per student. We only take applications during January. We welcome applications from students themselves (not parents or teachers, etc.). If you would like to apply for a work experience placement please use our contact form and include: where you’re studying, the topics you’re studying, why you’d like to work here, and your favourite book!
Minimum age for work experience students is 16.
Please don’t apply for work experience outside of January. We cannot respond to all unsolicited enquiries. We receive a large quantity of emails everyday and whilst we’d like to respond to all of them, we are a small team and it’s not possible for us to do so.
Publishers Association: OpenBooks
If you’re interested in working with books, we recommend having a look at The Publishers Association OpenBooks initiative. They offer a series of free and accessible online events, primarily targeting young talent from underrepresented backgrounds.