You must have an ISBN number for your book in order to be listed by any online retailers.
Amazon.com offers a program called "Amazon.com Advantage" that will allow you to sell your book through their website. It is free to join this program.
In order for your book listed at Barnes and Noble.com you must first become listed as a "Vendor of Record" with their warehouse.
If you find that your book is listed by either
Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com but they are not displaying the cover
image or description you can submit them.
For information on submitting your cover art or book description:
For Amazon.com visit their Publishers and Book Sellers Guide.
For Barnes and Noble visit their: Publisher & Author Guidelines.
A great way to reach a much wider audience is to sell
your book on Amazon.com. "How do I do that" you might ask. Well, here 4
steps to get you started.
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1. Get an ISBN (International Standard Book Number) and a Barcode for your book. This will allow for more efficient marketing of products by booksellers, libraries, universities, wholesalers and distributors. For More Information, (Click Here)
2. Sign up for Amazon Advantage.
This program allows self-publishers to list items for sale on
Amazon.com. Complete and submit the online application available through
the Amazon Advantage Web portal. You must submit at least one published
item for sale through the Amazon Advantage program for your application
to be processed. To be accepted, you must hold the North American
distribution rights to the submitted work, have Internet and email
access and a U.S. Bank Account.
3. Pick a list
price for your book. As of 2011, the Amazon Advantage program pays 45
percent of the list price to the seller. For example, if you list your
book at $10, you will receive $4.50 per sale from Amazon. Amazon pays an
Advantage member for books sold during a one-month period 30 days after
that month ends. For example, payment for books sold during June will
be sent to a publisher in August.
4. Respond to
Amazon orders for copies of your book. Amazon will contact an Advantage
member once a week if they need to increase inventory. Log into your
Advantage account through the Amazon website to respond to orders,
indicating whether or not you can fulfill the order and when the Amazon
warehouse can expect to receive the order. You will have to cover the
price of shipping books to the Amazon warehouse.
Send a copy of your cover artwork to be placed on Amazon.com. You should present a compelling graphic, which may be different from your hardback
or paperback cover. Do not crowd your graphic. Put the bare minimum of
copy a reader needs to know about your book (title, author, and possibly
a very short blurb – but no more than 2-5 words). Even when your cover
art is enlarged it is difficult to read much more than that on-line and
your cover is better served to visually excite the reader than be