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Local Author Policy

Thank you for your interest in Backwater Books carrying your book! Please read the following information carefully before formally submitting your request.

  •  All requests must be made in writing. At this time, we will not accommodate walk-in or phone call requests and will not accept any books brought into the store. All book buying decisions are made behind the scenes by the administration.
  • We do not carry titles on a consignment basis. We must be able to order from Ingram or a traditional publisher at the traditional discount. Books must be returnable.
  • Books should be professionally written and edited. Books must have spine. We do not carry spiral-bound books or stapled pamphlets.
  • Please allow two weeks before sending a follow-up request. We receive several requests every day and do not have the time to respond to all requests immediately. 

If you believe your book fits within these parameters, please send the following information to Alli at

  •  Name
  • Title of Book
  • Publisher Information
  • Brief summary of book
  • Confirmation you would like to be added to our local author email list


If your book is only available for consignment, you are still eligible to join our Local Author Night events. These events are first come, first served sign ups and occur monthly. Authors bring their own stock to the event and take any remaining stock at the end of the evening. All transactions will come through Backwater Books registers. At the end of the event, authors will be paid for 60% of the sales of their books. Authors are provided with a table, pens, a nameplate, and water. Authors may bring their own displays and signs.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list for local author events, please send Alli the following information at

  •  Name
  • Title of Book
  •  Interest in participating in local author events

All correspondence must be kept to email. Please direct all questions and concerns to Alli at Our booksellers and floor staff are not equipped to answer your questions.