If you want to purchase one of my books, I suggest that you go to your local book store and order it through them. However, if you want to purchase a large quantity of my books for a school author visit or book-related event, continue reading...
Ordering books for Darleen's author visit has never been easier.
Depending on where you order, you can save 20% - 40% on your book orders. This savings can be passed on to your teachers and students, or you can sell the books for the full price and use your profit to help defray Darleen's speaking expenses.
Helpful Tips BEFORE Placing Your Book Order:
1. About five-six weeks before Darleen arrives, send home her ready-made book order form with your students. This will introduce Darleen to the parents and will take book orders.
2. When book orders and money start coming in, keep a tally of how many of each book is ordered. Then add two dozen extra books onto that number, and you should have a good "guesstimate" to place your order.
FYI-The average elementary school Darleen goes to has a population of about 500 students and will usually sell about 50 books. Sometimes schools will get grant money to purchase a book for every student. Please let Darleen know ahead of time if she is to autograph over 100 books so that she can divide the autographing time into several sessions to give her hand a break.
Remember--Place your book order a month before Darleen's visit or as soon as possible.
3. Three or four days before Darleen's arrival, send home the ready-made reminder notice with your students. This will generate last minute book sales to those who didn't pre-order books. It also serves as a reminder to parents/grandparents who may want to come hear her speak.
Three Easy Ways to Order Books:
Local Bookstores in Your Area
No matter what state you live in, most local bookstores are happy to help you with your book-ordering task. They usually offer a 15 - 20% discount, do not charge tax, and allow you to return unsold books at no charge. BUT check with your local bookstore for specific details and to confirm this information.
In Oklahoma City area, Darleen suggests contacting Best of Books at: 1313 NE Danforth, Edmond, OK 73034. Phone: 405-340-9202 and 1-800-898-9202. Fax: 405-340-9509.
Best of Books has handled many of Darleen's school visits in the Oklahoma City area, Place your order three to four weeks in advance (if possible)of Darleen's visit. Last minute orders may be subject to overnight shipping costs, so it's best to order in advance.
Also in Oklahoma, you can contact Kyle Brown who is the Oklahoma representative for Perma-Bound Books. His contact information is: 1-800-644-7338 and 405) 447-4433. His toll-free fax is: 866-442-9778. His e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Chain Bookstores or Superstores
If you want to order the books through a chain bookstore, such as Barnes & Noble or Hastings, you probably won't have much luck. They usually can't get the quantity of books you need from their warehouse, but it doesn't hurt to ask. Make sure, though, that they offer a discount of 15-20%, and order SIX WEEKS in advance. Three weeks after you place your order, contact them to confirm that they can indeed get the quantity of books you ordered. If they can't, you will still have three weeks to place your order elsewhere. Be sure to get back with them to confirm they can get the number of books you need. Some schools have told Darleen that the chain bookstores haven't confirmed their orders, so when the day came for Darleen's visit, they didn't have the books in time. So confirm, confirm, confirm. You don't need to do this, though, with Kyle Brown or Best of Books. (They've always gotten it right the first time and the books are there when needed!)
Direct through Darleen’s Publishers*
* Please note: Will Rogers, Oklahoma's Favorite Son, is published through the Oklahoma Heritage Association. Ordering info for this book, directly through this publisher, can be found below.
To Order Books from Farrar, Straus & Giroux:
Books-hardcover and paperback-are available at a 40% discount. Wow--big discount!!
To place your order call MacMillan (formerly Farrar Strous Giroux) Customer Service at: 888-330-8477 or their main number at 646-307-5151 and ask for the department that handles Author Visit Book Sales. You can also email them at: email@example.com. You can also email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
When ready to place an order, please have the following information available: date of Darleen's appearance, number of titles needed, billing and shipping addresses, and the name and telephone number of the contact person at your organization.
SORRY--The Pumpkin Man from Piney Creek, Operation Clean Sweep, and The Babbs Switch Story are currently out-of-print. Darleen is working on finding a publisher who will bring these books back into print. Cross your fingers!
TO ORDER BOOKS THROUGH THE OKLAHOMA HERITAGE ASSOCIATION
To order books through the Oklahoma Hertiage Association (for books such as Will Rogers: Oklahoma's Favorite Son) contact Gaylord-Pickens Museum, Oklahoma Hall of Fame 405-523-3202 or visit OklahomaHOF.com.
GREAT NEWS: You can order an entire set of the I AM OKLAHOMA biography series (five books total) at a great discount. The entire series is available to schools for only $40.00. This is a fabulous price for five hardbound, full-color books to add to your biography section of your library.
Be sure to ask for the book-ordering department for school author visits for the I AM OKLAHOMA book series.