Getting Your Book Into Bookshops
The key is distribution.
Having good channels and contacts within the industry is invaluable – using marketing and sales in tandem.
We can market your books through email, physical catalogues, and our three travelling reps who cover nearly all of the independent bookshops and PaperPlus stores in the country.
This doesn’t stop you from buying copies of your book directly from us at your author rate and selling them independently, in fact we encourage you to do so.
Made in New Zealand
The CopyPress is a member of Buy NZ Made and we are able to use the official New Zealand Made logo on your book’s cover. This is unusual in the publishing industry, as most books are produced overseas. It’s an easy way to let readers know that they are buying a New Zealand product – bookshops love it too!
The CopyPress as Publisher, or Publisher and Distributor
Your book will follow one of three paths
The CopyPress as Distributor
Whether you publish under your own name, or we publish your book under CP Books, we can customise a distribution plan just for you.
Under our arrangements, your only expenses are the costs incurred when preparing the book for printing, e.g. editing, design, and proofing. After that, we pay you royalty payments.
This arrangement leaves you, the author, free to dedicate time and energy to marketing your book. You are your book’s best salesman!
What Our Reps Do
The CopyPress is represented by three individuals, Jeremy, Dennis and Gary. They cover the whole country, selling our titles to the book trade (bookshops, library suppliers and specialist stores). We provide them with samples of your work, and copies of our catalogues. They receive our weekly email newsletter, so they know what we’re sharing with bookshops directly and can tie in their presentation.
Jeremy, our friendly South Island rep, pops in every month to pick up new titles. He is very familiar with our lists, and knows the right kinds of books to recommend to different shops. Jeremy visits just about every independent bookshop and PaperPlus from Nelson to Invercargill each month. On each visit he’ll share the latest releases, and make sure they have plenty of stock of older titles.
Since getting the three reps on board, our sales have increased dramatically.
We still pay for the printing and marketing, and for the reps’ services, so none of this is at an extra cost to you.
And with more books selling, we’re paying out more royalties to authors than ever before.