Big Distribution for Small Publishers
Small Press United represents an eclectic range of publications that includes both fiction and nonfiction titles as well as children's and young adult books.
Prospective client publishers need to meet the following requirements in order to be accepted into SPU's distribution program:
All of a publisher's titles must feature the following:
After meeting all these requirements, titles are evaluated on the basis of salability.
Salability does not necessarily mean a large potential audience.
Titles that are very regional, or that treat esoteric subjects, will be seriously considered. (In a country of more than 350 million people, even highly "niche" titles can enjoy good sales.)
Upon applying, publishers will immediately receive automated confirmation that SPU has received their application. The review process will usually take 5-7 business days. SPU may follow up with requests for more information. The volume of submissions does not allow Small Press United to provide a detailed explanation when a publisher is not accepted, but often it is due to a violation of one of the above guidelines or the subject matter may not be the best fit for our list.
Upon acceptance, all SPU publishers are required to terminate all of the book accounts that they have sold to, including Amazon.com's Advantage program and other e-retailers. These accounts have to be transferred to SPU. For an explanation of this necessary provision see the help button next to 1. Grant of Exclusive Distributorship in the Agreement.