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Bookstore Spotlight: Zitro Books

Urban bookstores are undergoing challenging times. They need authors to place books on their shelves and to come in to do book signings. They need readers to drop in and support (instead of always running off to the big box or chain stores). These are OUR people, selling OUR books. Which helps us to make a living, telling OUR stories, OUR way. And we need to do OUR part to support them. So Dc Bookdiva Publications and StraightChaser.com has decided to do just that. We will now be bringing you a weekly profile of the independent bookstores/vendors across America. We’re doing our part, so, please do yours and contact these  locations for book signings, or simply call them up and order a book. Oh, and don’t forget to always ask about the latest DCB titles. At DC Bookdiva Publications and StraightChaser.com we are always seeking new ways to serve the literary community we love, so hit us up, if you own a bookstore/retail outlet, if you know of a store/outlet/vendor you’d like for us to spotlight, or if you’ve simply got an idea or two. We always love to hear from you, and so would your local vendor. So call them up, to let them know you’ve read their spotlight and tell them you appreciate that they are there.  LET’S ALL DO OUR PART!

Today’s BOOKSTORE SPOTLIGHT is on:

 

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ZitrO Books
504 N McPherson Church Rd.
http://zitropublications.wix.com/zitropublications
zitropublications@yahoo.com
910 475 7919
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZitrOBooks?ref=hl
(Twitter:)@AuthorDivineO

1. How long has your bookstore/outlet been in business?

We opened this particular location on October 3rd, 2014, but we had another location before that for a month and a mobile bookstore before that.

2. Do you carry just urban books, or do you carry other genres as well?

As long as the author is black we will carry their books.

3. What other items do you carry besides books?
Just books.

4. Have you ever written a book? What brought you to the retail market?

Yes. I have written several books that are published under my publishing company, ZitrO Publications. My online sales are doing very well, but I wanted to make a strong paperback presence and give other authors an opportunity to have their books on my shelves.

5. What are the challenges for book vendors today?
My challenge has been inventory. It is sometimes hard to get decent wholesale prices for the newer titles that readers are looking for.

6. How has eBooks effected your business?

It has spoiled a lot of readers.

7. Author support. What actions do you need from authors, to help grow your business?

Better wholesale prices.


8. Publisher support. What actions do you need from publishers, to help grow your business?


Again, better wholesale prices.


9. What are your buying/purchasing arrangements and how often do you pay out?


I purchase books from several different sources, both online and through various distributors. I try to offer my readers a large variety of titles to choose from. If I accept books on consignment I try to pay for those books as soon as possible. I do not return any books to the authors whether they sell or not.


10. Any last words to readers, authors or publishers?Any special events or announcements?


I am planning a large author book signing for November 29th, but our doors are always open for any authors to come and do a book signing.

 

Bookstore Spotlight: Frugal Bookstore

Urban bookstores are undergoing challenging times. They need authors to place books on their shelves and to come in to do book signings. They need readers to drop in and support (instead of always running off to the big box or chain stores). These are OUR people, selling OUR books. Which helps us to make a living, telling OUR stories, OUR way. And we need to do OUR part to support them. So Dc Bookdiva Publications and StraightChaser.com has decided to do just that. We will now be bringing you a weekly profile of the independent bookstores/vendors across America. We’re doing our part, so, please do yours and contact these  locations for book signings, or simply call them up and order a book. Oh, and don’t forget to always ask about the latest DCB titles. At DC Bookdiva Publications and StraightChaser.com we are always seeking new ways to serve the literary community we love, so hit us up, if you own a bookstore/retail outlet, if you know of a store/outlet/vendor you’d like for us to spotlight, or if you’ve simply got an idea or two. We always love to hear from you, and so would your local vendor. So call them up, to let them know you’ve read their spotlight and tell them you appreciate that they are there. LET’S ALL DO OUR PART!
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Today’s BOOKSTORE SPOTLIGHT is on:

1. How long has your bookstore/outlet been in business?

We’ve been open since 2008.

2. Do you carry just urban books, or do you carry other genres as well?

We carry all genres including urban books, children’s, crime & mystery, cookbooks, African-American Studies, New York Times bestseller’s and the list goes on.

3. What other items do you carry besides books?

We also carry greetings cards, calendars, journals, art by local authors and planners.

4. Have you ever written a book? What brought you to the retail market?

Neither one of us has written a book, but it has always been a dream of ours to have a bookstore in our community.

5. What are the challenges for book vendors today?

The challenges have been getting people to support a Black-owned bookstore as opposed to buying on Amazon.

6. How has eBooks affected your business?

Ebooks have affected us a lot, because people like the affordability and convenience of downloading an ebook, rather than have a physical copy in their hand.
7. Author support: What actions do you need from authors, to help grow your business?

Authors should promote the bookstores which support them by carrying their titles. Shout them out on social media as much as possible, to help bring in more business.

8. Publisher support: What actions do you need from Publishers, to help grow your business?

The same as above, provide promotional material for advertisement. Encourage authors to visit and conduct book signings.

9. What are your buying/purchasing arrangements and how often do you pay out?

It varies with each publisher and author. Contact us for more detailed information.

10. Any last words to readers, authors or publishers? Any special events or announcements?

Help support black-owned bookstores by encouraging readers to patronize these establishments, because they are diminshing.

Frugal Book Store
“Changing Minds One Book At A Time”
Inside the Washington Park Mall
306 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Boston, MA 02119
617-541-1722
facebook.com/frugal.bookstore
twitter.com/FrugalBookstore

Cowboys, BBQ & Books?

The city of Dallas located in the North of Texas is known for a lot of things. The most famous is their “All-American” Football team appropriately named The Dallas Cowboys, barbecue meat and perhaps anything fried. Besides the football and hearty meat, Dallas has a budding arts district for the eclectic and artistic individuals as well.              Bookshelf

In self-publishing creating a relationship with an independent bookstore could lead to your book being on the selective shelves of that store, receiving a stellar recommendation from the bookstore owner, and an opportunity to gain new and diverse readers. Before you scratch Dallas off your list of cities not interested in reading, let’s explore some of their coolest independent bookstores tucked into the nooks and crannies of the city.

Chapter Two

2 Highland Park Village, Dallas

214-520-0101

http://hpvillage.com/store-listings/chapter-two

High-class and independent. This bookstore’s inventory is filled with local and international authors that talk about art, travel and fashion. A cappuccino shop sits right next door and allows you to browse books, International Vogue magazines and daydream while sipping your brew.

Half-Price Books

(Flagship Store)

5803 E. Northwest Hwy. Dallas, Texas 75231 214-379-8000

http://hpb.com/

Hey Look! A bookstore that was homegrown in Dallas! This bookstore may have 120 locations in 16 states, but the huge flagship store is in Dallas. The flagship stocks used books, but also has a complete section dedicated to new books for readers and host a plethora of author events and book-signings at this location as well.

Lucky Dog

(Oak Cliff Location)

633 West Davis St. Dallas, TX 75208 214.941.2665

http://www.luckydogbooks.com/

Did the name sell you already? It did for me. Lucky Dog has two locations, with one being in Oak Cliff, Dallas. I like to refer to Oak Cliff as a little New York City. All kinds of people live and hangout in Oak Cliff and together they make up one big melting pot of fun! Besides finding the local authors on display here, you can find quirky art hanging from the wall and consulting for young entrepreneurs looking to open their own independent bookstore.

The Wild Detectives

(Oak Cliff)

314 W 8TH ST

Dallas

http://thewilddetectives.com/

Book Bar? Yes! Book B-A-R. I saved the best for last! Beer, wine, or Chai Tea with a snack can be found here along with over a thousand of highly-selected books from local and international authors. Only a select few hit these bookshelves and if you make it in, then your book is sure to be seen by every book-lover in Dallas. A hang-out spot for the locals to drink, converse and talk books, this is a favorite amongst locals.

 

 

This was just a few to check in to! I’m on the look-out for more.

So let’s not count out the “everything is big state” just yet. Their list of independent bookstores may be small, but the stores are jewels.

 

For quick info on how to sell your book to an independent bookstore, click the link below:

http://www.wikihow.com/Get-a-Self-Published-Book-Into-Bookstores

 

Penelope Christian is a freelance writer and poet. She’s currently working on her debut novel, “Coffee & Cream” for publication. When she’s not writing she enjoys working out, cooking and playing in her natural hair.

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