What if I canít afford the initiation fee?
We're excited to have crowdfunding pro, Gnomefunding, assisting our future members in raising their membership fee which, in turn, will build this new bookstore/arts &culture center. If you've ever wanted to try crowdfunding, now you can try it with seasoned professionals under the Indie 800 umbrella. Please fill out this form Once we have enough qualified indie-creatives participating, we'll be launching a super-easy, meta-crowdfunding campaign.
I'm not an author/artist/musician, but I love this idea. How can I contribute to your new center?
Become a Patron of the Arts. Find an indie creative whose work you love, and help them with their membership fee. If you don't know any creatives, we have a few we could recommend, send us an email at email@example.com
Since you will be selling new books, too, will you be changing the name of the bookstore?
Yes. Please put on your thinking caps. We will be looking for input from our Charter Members to come up with the new name.
the Indie 800 only for Arizona authors/artists/musicians?
Not at all. While local
creative indies will gain the most from our benefits package and wonít have to
worry about shipping their work to us, weíre accepting applications from
anywhere in the USA and from countries all over the world.
What do you mean by career-minded?
Please know, the Indie 800
Club isnít a pay-to-play deal. If youíve only published one book, recorded one
song, or created one piece of art, this club isnít for you. Since your
initiation fee is an investment in you as a brand, youíll need more than one
piece of work to make it worthwhile. We donít want to take money from people
knowing they wonít receive a commensurate benefit. Weíd like this plan to work
for us and our members and our customers.
That being said, we donít want
to rule out indie creatives who are at the beginning of their careers, either.
With that in mind, weíve decided to accept membership from those who have at
least two pieces of work completed and are working on their third.
Why are you vetting their work
before accepting members?
Because one bad appleÖ
Again, this isnít a
pay-to-play deal. If weíre going to stay in business and successfully promote
the work of serious creative indies,
we need to make sure weíre selling high-quality work to our customers.
Weíve seen so many
self-published books come into our store with glaring mistakes on the cover, or
so filled with typos and misspellings or bizarre formatting, itís too hard to
read. Believe me, when a customer buys one of these books, we hear about it,
and thatís not what we want to be known for.
Since we offer all types of
books, including erotica, weíre not vetting so much for content as we are
editing, proofreading, and professionalism. However, please know, we do reserve
the right to reject any material.
What is your vetting process
Applicants will need to send
in one of their books/art/songs. Members of our board will review it and make a
recommendation. Works which are initially rejected will be reviewed again, and
the board will make the final decision. If a work is rejected by the board, the
applicantís un-cashed check will be returned to him or her.
We realize creating is
a journey and our work will improve over time. We are vetting the creator not every piece theyíve ever made. Send
us your best. Please know, we will not reject a book because of a typo or two.
Even the big publishers miss those once in a while. Weíre looking for
high-quality, not perfection.
I join later, instead of becoming a Charter Member?
Yes, but you will not
receive the same benefits as our Charter Members and there will be a monthly fee in addition to the initiation fee.
We feel itís easy to jump on the band wagon once itís rolling, but it will be
our Charter Members who build the wagon, and therefore, we feel they deserve
the extra benefits with no additional fees.
not just rent a building instead of buying one?
When we opened, seven
years ago, there were fifty-five or so indie bookstores in the Phoenix Metro
Area. Today, there are only about fifteen of us, and many of those left
standing own the building theyíre in.
The last thing we want
to do is use the membership fees to open a store, only to have to close it
after a few years because the rent was raised too high. Even in this economy,
landlords are raising rents and bookstores are still closing their doors.
Besides, we donít want
to have to move again. (Moving 65,000 books isnít going to be easy, and the new
store will hold even more!)
Plus, we would prefer
to use the money we would be paying in rent to advertise, market, and promote
the store, our members, and our events. That way, we all benefit from the savings.
build a megastore art & culture center instead of a regular bookstore?
Competition is fierce
and coming from all directions; eBooks, online sales, Costco, Wal-Mart, etc.
Basically, every chain store in the country is now selling books, and customers
can conveniently pick up the latest NY Times best-selling books, not bothering
to make a trip to the bookstore. If creative indies want to be discovered, and
the chains wonít allow us in, we need a place big enough, and events large
enough to draw these customers back to the bookstore. We need to make it a
if you donít meet your goal of 800 Charter Members?
If we donít meet our goal of
800 Charter Members, we will be returning all checks, closing our store, and
moving on to another adventure. We do not want to put our heart and soul, not
to mention our time and energy, into opening a bookstore that canít compete in
todayís world. Weíll either do this right or we wonít do it at all.
Iím in! How do I join?
Fill out and sign the two copies of application below. Mail it, along with a check for your initiation fee ($5000.)
and a print/cd copy of one piece of your work to:
16428 N. 32ndStreet
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Important: Before you send it off, take a picture of yourself holding one of your books and your check, (make sure to hide your personal info on the check) and email it to me firstname.lastname@example.org We'll use this photo for promotional purposes if your work is accepted.
Once we receive your complete application, we
will add your work to our vetting queue. Upon the decision of our judges, we
will mail either 1) a copy of your signed application bearing our signature of
acceptance or 2) your un-cashed check back to you.