With effect from from ISBN 978-0-907562-34-5 to 978-0-907562-99-x (and all ISBNs beginning 978-1-905700- or 978-1-84861- ), trade orders for our publications—which are produced on a print-on-demand basis—should be routed through Bertrams or Gardners Books in the UK, or through Ingrams or Baker & Taylor in the USA. For all older publications, orders should be made direct to the press where possible. Current titles by American authors are also available from Small Press Distribition in Berkeley, California. We can supply most current titles within the UK from stock, where necessary, although we would prefer that trade orders go through the channels mentioned above.
Retail Orders — Direct from the Press
Our online store opened for business in November 2008, and we can now accept credit card payments through the Worldpay system. Online orders carry a slightly different postage structure, whereby a single small book attracts a postage charge of £1, and a large book £2. In most cases, orders of multiple volumes will be postage-free. We can also accept direct orders by mail, provided that full payment in pounds sterling accompanies the order. Please allow £1.00 to cover postage & packing for single-copy orders, £2.00 for two books. For three books or more, postage and packing charges are waived. We prefer that those wishing to order by credit card do so through our website, as security is better for all parties concerned.
We recommend using the Shearsman online
store or such other online outlets that stock our titles: The
Book Depository in the UK (which accepts payment in Euros or in
US$, which ships post-free anywhere in the world, and which always
discounts heavily ahead of publication), amazon in the USA or the UK,
Barnes and Noble or Powell's in the USA; Small Press Distribution in
the USA, although the latter stocks only a part of our list.
From UK Booksellers
Any bookseller in the UK can source books from us but, in practice, many will not order small quantities from independent publishers. Our books are available through their normal ordering channels, however, and don't let them tell you otherwise. If they say that the distributors are out of stock, tell them to order anyway: the system works very well—do not be brushed off by sales clerks who do not know what they are talking about.
99% of our list can also be sourced through Amazon UK, or The Book Depository, which will assist those who wish to purchase by credit card and do not wish to use our own online store. Most titles are available within 24 hours. To us it makes little difference whether you use our own store or our competitors'. A sale is a sale.
Ordering Shearsman titles in the USA
Most of our older backlist publications, and the majority of our titles by US authors, are available from Small Press Distribution, Inc., 1341 Seventh Street, Berkeley, CA 94710, USA. Tel: (510) 549-3336. SPD's full catalog is available online. We will continue to place future titles by US authors with SPD.
All titles published in 2003 and later for which we have the US sales rights can be ordered through amazon.com (which has the majority of our titles available within 24 hours), through other online suppliers such as Barnes and Noble (also 24-hour turnaround), or Powell's (although the latter tends to charge a premium), or through the normal US retail channels. For orders direct through the Shearsman online store we can ship direct to buyers from our US printers, although we would prefer that such orders be for a minimum of two books.
The wholesalers for Shearsman titles in the USA are Ingrams and Baker & Taylor. Exceptions to this are our David Jaffin titles, which are only available from SPD, along with some older backlist titles. Please note that the occasional title is sold in the UK only, where we do not have North American rights.
Ordering Shearsman titles in the Republic of Ireland
Four of our publications, Trevor Joyce's with the first dream of fire they hunt the cold, and the three titles by Michael Smith are co-publications with the Dublin-based New Writers' Press. These can be ordered through any Irish bookseller or also from Wild Honey Press' online mail-order service. These and some other titles, such as Michael Smith's co-translations of Vallejo, are available from Books Upstairs, 36 College Green, Dublin 2. Books Upstairs will order titles from us when necessary.
Other publications should be ordered direct from the press or from online outlets in the UK.