Once your book is part of the BSRP, it’s listed as returnable in the ipage ordering system
the world’s largest wholesaler and distributor of books.
Booksellers can now see that your book is returnable, which reduces their risk of losing money if they stock your book and it doesn’t sell.
If a retailer chooses to stock your book, the store will place an order with Ingram.
Hit Pay Dirt
You earn royalties for all of the copies ordered.
Deliver the Goods
Copies of your book are printed and shipped to the bookseller.
Your book reaches a miltestone — retail stocking.
Is your book selling?
Down but Not Out
It's up to booksellers which books they choose to order and stock. If your book isn't chosen after approaching booksellers, don't give up. You've still got a shot.
Show Your Stuff
Build your book's resume so that you can make a stronger case to booksellers in the future. Focus on areas which can demonstrate measurable growth:
- Increase your book sales to prove your book's potential.
- Build a fan base online. (Likes and followers are evidence of a growing audience.)
- Earn credible, positive book reviews.
- Garner media attention(e.g., articles, events coverage, interviews.)
The Circle of Shelf Life
The cycle starts over. The bookseller can choose to order more copies, meaning more books in stock for readers and more revenue in your pockets.
Renew. Relist. Repeat.
Renew the BSRP annually to keep your book in booksellers' database for ordering.
In most cases, your book will be returned to Ingram, but not to worry — you still keep the royalties for all of the books returned.
Return to Form
Unsold books are recyled into new paper products.
DID YOU KNOW?
13% of the paper fiber in new books comes from recycled books, many of whihc were unsold copies returned by booksellers.