I illustrate & Publish my own books under my own Imprint: Canvas Illustration Press.
I create and sell my own Colouring Books, Stockholm Urban Mix, and The Eclectic Colouring Book, mainly through Amazon and other Online Stores. Since June of 2016, a selection of retail stores in Stockholm, Sweden, carry the book. Other online stores for reference are The Book Depository and Adlibris and Bokus in Sweden, Scandinavia. Since November 2017 it is also available as an E-Book through my own Online Store www.canvas.nu/store
As an Indie publisher I actually love Createspace/Amazon. Print-On-Demand make it so much easier both technically and price-wise to come up with an idea, create it and then publish it. To sell Indie published books in a regular book stores isn’t easy, regardless how great your book is. Especially not big mainstream book chain store. As a self publishing creative your basically on your own. You create, print, distribute and you market it all yourself. It is easier to get your book to an independent Book Stores, but far, far from easy. I have been lucky to get my very first Colouring Book “Stockholm Urban Mix” to various physical stores. And to one of the largest food store chains in Scandinavia – ICA. To be be precise a local ICA store in my neighbourhood, who just happened to notice the book in my hand and loved the book. And ordered it on the spot. And I were in the store to just buy an envelope.
SOME THOUGHTS, SHARING EXPERIENCE OF SELF PUBLISHING
If you’re a freelancer and Indie Publisher I would recommend any independent retail store to carry your book. Even if it is just a teaser order. Small amount. Just 30 minutes ago I helped a friend to tell his neighbour where to buy my coloring book for adults, Stockholm Urban Mix. He went to the Book Store Söderbokhandeln at Södermalm island in Stockholm City. A small independent book store. This particular book store buy small amounts of books they like, by indie-self publishers. Very supportive.
I found that all these retailers carrying my coloring book, do so because they could see the book right away when I came into their store with the book in my hand. No meetings had been set up beforehand. Carrying a real book with me made on-the-fly meetings very casual and friendly.
One of the stores that bought my book, is the mayor food store chain called ICA. A local ICA store in the suburb where I live. Since end of September 2016, the “Gallery Stockholm” store at Globen Sports Arenas and Shopping Mall carry the book. “Söderbokhandel”, which basically translates into: “Södermalm Island Book Store” bought a few copies as well of my first colouring book: Stockholm Urban Mix.
Currently only sell one Colouring Book, which happens to be mine. They used to sell other colouring books from regular publisher. Very happy they believe in my book.
You can read more about my book at Södermalms book store on my blog, here >
Shop. Store & Café Snickarbacken7.
My coloring book made it to Amazon and Retail Store in two weeks time.
Cafe and store “Snickarbacken 7” was the very first retail store to buy copies of my first colouring book Stockholm Urban Mix. Store share the same name as the street address they are at. Lovely place in downtown Stockholm. Just next to the Park Humlegården, Royal library, and trendy Stureplan area.
She bought the book at Söderbokhandeln and took a photo of the book cover in front of the cafe. The same coffee shop that I drew for both the cover and interior illustration in the book.
Occasionally I work with traditional, regular publishers which is still fun to do. The difference with self publishing my own Indie projects, is that it make it possible for me to quickly move into production. No need to wait a year from idea to production, like it would be with a regular book publisher.