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We are frequently contacted by independent publishers and their authors about carrying individual titles. Though we are enthusiastic supporters of the independent press, over the years we have realized that we do need to have some standards of quality for the books that we stock. Although these standards are by no means inflexible, they are a good basic guideline to determine if your book will be a good fit with our store.

  1. The title and author of the book should appear clearly on the cover of the book and, assuming that it is wide enough, on the spine.
  2. The price should be printed in one or more of the usual locations on the volume or dust jacket.
  3. The copy should be adequately proofread (although it doesn't have to be perfect) and must be grammatically correct.
  4. The volume should be either folded and stapled (if the work is very short), perfect bound, or case bound (i.e. a hardcover) and professionally printed (i.e. not photocopied).
  5. Finally, the work should be either fiction or non-fiction incorporating strong elements of the horrific, fantastic, supernatural, or science fictional.
  6. Payment terms for the title will need to be a minimum 30% discount and payment by invoice on a minimum of net 30 day terms (although we really prefer the industry standard 40% discount). (In other words, if the book sells for $10.00 we will need to be able to purchase it from the publisher or distributor for not more than $7.00 and we will pay for the book no sooner than 30 days after the book is shipped to us.)

Before determining if a title will fit with our inventory, we will need to see a copy of the finished book. If you would like to send us a copy please include contact, pricing and distribution information and mail it to - Borderlands Books, Attn. Alan Beatts, 866 Valencia St., SF CA 94110. Copies sent for review are not returnable and we'll get back to you with our decision no later than a month or two after the book is shipped. It is especially helpful to let us know if the title is distributed by Baker and Taylor (our main supplier) or any other distributor.