Author Update

Author Update

Author Update

Posted on 10/16/2014 Evan Swensen

Book Signings And Author Events

If you’d like to see what author book signings and author events are scheduled, kindly go to, click on Book Signings-News & Events, then click on the drop down, Book Signings & Events. Here you can see your scheduled events and the scheduled events of other authors.

If you’d like to do a book signing, kindly go to, click on Book Signings-News & Events, then click on the drop down, Author Signing Requests, and follow the prompts. We’ll take it from there.

Independent Book Stores

We recommend you put your books on the Independent Book Stores website. There are hundreds of ABA booksellers with websites and storefronts. These stores want to know about you and about your books. They welcome authors for book signings and will promote the author event if your book is listed on the ABA’s website. Here’s how to make sure your book is listed and is for sale at ABA member bookstores.

Adding titles or cover images to the ABA database:
First, log in to using your personal account. If you don’t have an account on, please create one at

Once you are logged in, kindly search for your title first, by ISBN, using the search form in the upper right of the site (13 digits only, no dashes or spaces). If your title is already listed, it does not need to be added. If you see that information is missing or incorrect, please email the necessary changes to (be sure to include ISBN and Title).

If your title (or cover image) cannot be found in the database, use the links below to add it:
1) To add a complete book listing, including a cover image, go
2) To add a missing cover image to an existing book, go to
Just enter your data, upload an image, and submit!

Please allow time for approval by someone at ABA. You will receive an email when your book is approved. Once approved, it can take up to 24 hours for your book to appear in search results and on, but it will be available on individual store websites, in book lists, etc. immediately.

Keep in mind that adding a book to the ABA shared database does not necessarily make the title available for purchase. If a customer clicks to purchase your title, they will be taken to one of the ABM member bookstores. It is then up to each bookstore to obtain the book for their customer. However, if a store cannot find your title available from the publisher or a distributor, they may inform their customer that the book is not readily available. The easier it is for the bookseller to find and obtain your title, the likelier that a store will fill an order for your book.

ABA also has an affiliate program where you can actually earn money for referring people to member’s stores.

Jim Misko

Jim is conducting a book tour later this month in Nebraska, the setting for his new book, As All My Fathers Were. Here’s a link to a book review in the local paper announcing the new book and Jim’s book tour. We mention this for two reasons: 1) we know you are interested in what authors are doing, and 2) Jim has pre-sold a great number of books to booksellers in Alaska and Nebraska and you may learn how he did it so you can follow his path with your book.

Rejection Letters

We thought you’d enjoy Greg Levin’s rejection letter response.

Dear (name of agent or publisher),

Thank you very much for your recent rejection notification. Unfortunately, I am unable to accept your rejection at this time. Please understand that I receive a high volume of rejection notifications and must be highly selective in choosing those that I am able to handle. The acceptance of rejection notifications is a highly subjective process. The fact that I have decided to pass on your rejection in no way signifies your rejection is sub-par, and I encourage you to continue rejecting authors’ queries and submissions. Just because I have decided to pass on your rejection doesn’t mean there aren’t numerous other authors who’d be happy to be rejected by you. I wish you the best of luck in your future rejection endeavors and want to thank you for allowing me to review your work. Sincerely, (Your name here. Or a made-up name – to ensure that you have a snowball’s chance in hell of ever having another agent or a publisher even THINK about accepting your manuscript.)

Keep in touch,

Evan Swensen

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