|Orr Books is seeking a broad
spectrum of diverse writers. Our focus is on mainstream fiction. However,
non-fiction manuscripts do catch our eye from time to time. Any manuscript that is a
good match for our unique vision for book sales and marketing will merit serious
unique about the way Orr Books sells books?
The next time you go to the beach, take a look around at
what people are doing. You'll see happy couples walking hand in hand, children
frolicking at water's edge, teens sporting the latest trends in swim wear, young adults
sneaking a peek at one another as they stroll confidently along, families diggin' in
coolers for an afternoon snack, overprotective moms slathering on the SPF 50 sunblock as
their toddlers impatiently wait, youth group leaders buried up to their necks,
grandparents surveying the whole scene with a smile on their faces, lifeguards waving
overly ambitious dads in toward the shore....and thousands of people READING!
That's right, READING.
Orr Books sells wonderful books to these people.
The beachfront is our venue.
Orr Books doesn't do book signings/events in places where
people don't know you and don't care unless you're already rich and famous. We hate
to break it to you....but, unless you're already making millions in book sales, that's the
way it is.
We don't try to get your book into stores where people
don't know you and won't be able to find your work--even if we spent tens of thousands of
dollars on marketing your book. The sad truth is that your book is going to be lost under
the prioritized pile of new releases--as dictated by the giant publishing houses and their
Getting our author's books on the shelves at the chain
stores (you know their names), only to be lost in the endless circus of "big
time" promotions is irrational and pointless. Spending ridiculous amounts of
money to play this game with the "big boys" doesn't make any sense to
bookstores/booksellers and it shouldn't make any sense to 99% of publishers and authors.
There must be a better way!
We don't play that game. We don't play by the rules
designed to bury your work underneath such an enormous stack of Harry Potter books that it
would take a real-life wizard to ever get it noticed.
Orr Books has created a new game, with new rules, played
in a unique venue. We sell our authors' books at beachfront resorts and
hotels. We sell our books and do book talks, signings and events at beachfront
resorts and hotels.
We bring books and book events to people instead of the
other way around!
You're sitting under a large sun tent at a table, with a
stack of your books and a nice cool drink glistening in the late morning sun. Two posters
greet the beachgoers, one detailing the front cover of your book and a teaser, the other
extending an invitation to partake in some goodies. Freshly baked cookies and a
plate of assorted fruit add a colorful, friendly, yet unspoken greeting.
Your table has been strategically placed on the green,
between the resort pool and the pathway that twists its way through the dunes and onto the
Curious passers-by stop to chat, pick up your book and
take a gander. Maybe they pick up one of the brochures that gives a synopsis of your
book and an author bio. Questions are sparked quite naturally, unlike the cold
isolation generated by the stand-offish stares of isolated shoppers at a Barnes &
Noble or Waldenbooks. Whispers. Awkward second glances....never-
heard-of-you-brows, furrowed, at a suspicious distance.