Independent Authors & Publishers

Submitting Titles for Consideration

One of our goals at Ernest & Hadley is to showcase works by local, independent publishers, authors and artists, but you don't necessarily have to be local to submit your work for consideration.

If you have a title that you would like us to carry, we will need to see an Advanced Reader Copy, pdf copy, or final copy, along with a tip sheet, if available. You may schedule an appoinment to meet with a book buyer (205) 632-5331, or mail a copy to Ernest & Hadley Booksellers, c/o Avery or Easty, 1928 7th Street, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.

Our space is limited and, in most cases, our shelves are organized by theme rather than genre. We carefully consider each submission, whether or not the book is “shelf-ready” and also fits with our collection. We work with wholesale distributors to purchase the vast majority of our inventory. If your books are not available through our distributors or, if you would prefer that we order directly from you, our policy is to establish consignment with an agreed upon time-frame and percentage split. Amazon, although great for reader reviews, is not a wholesale resource. Please do not refer us to Amazon for purchasing.

Once you have completed the minimum requirements (see above), we will contact you ASAP to let you know our decision, regardless.

Author Events

Book signings, virtual or in-person, are arranged by our staff and are contingent upon the relevancy of the book to the Tuscaloosa community. Each book and author are carefully considered, but here are a couple things to be aware of:

  • We prefer to schedule at least two months in advance to allow enough time for our purchasing/marketing/scheduling team to do their thing.

  • We prefer to hold book signings within the first six months of the release date.

  • Your help spreading the word is vital to the success of your event.

If you are interested in having a book signing, please email

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