Author Events-Email to Schedule a Signing


Macdonald Book Shop wants to support local authors with book signing events.

Starting in 2022, we will host author signings on Friday Afternoons, only, between 1 and 3 pm. Please use your social media outlets to publicize the signing. We have found those who have a small speech prepared and handouts do better. We will promote your event on our website, Visit Estes Park’s website, and 1 social media outlet.

Please email us with 2 Friday selections, between May and September. Within 48 hours, we will get back to you on the availability of your choices and set the date.

You must follow our instructions regarding event scheduling or you may not hear back from us.

We may not get back to you if you do not included 2 Friday calendar dates. Please contact us between October and April for any event signings or book considerations. We will not entertain any requests to carry your book or hold an event outside of those months.The summer season is too busy. We do not take walk-in requests or phone calls.


Thank You.

Local Author & Independently Published Book Program

Congratulations on finishing your book!

Now, you’re hoping that we will stock your book, right? Okay, so here is what we’ve come up with as a way to streamline the process. As you can imagine, we are bombarded with requests to carry books from local and independently published authors. All the publishing companies meet with us monthly about titles we should accept (roughly 6,000 titles to sift through every few months). Unfortunately, our small bookshop has limited space, so we must choose wisely with our inventory dollars.

We are closed to author inquiries between May 1st and October 15th. However, if you want consideration, please email after October 15th and before May 1st. Please read the following carefully:

Are you a local author? Is your book specifically about RMNP or Estes Park?

By local, we mean someone who resides in the Estes Valley for at least 4 months of the year.

If Yes…

Please send us your elevator pitch in an email. If you can include a picture of your book. Unless we reach out personally-DO NOT SEND US A COPY OF YOUR BOOK. We try to answer all local inquiries within a month.

After month, you will need to reach out via email to see if we have decided to stock your book. After that, if we stock it, you will be responsible for marketing your book and helping us keep tabs on inventory.

We’d like to share two stories about New York Bestselling Authors who have visited our store:

  1. One author brought us pies and offered to sign any books we might happen to have in store (only after her daughter told us who she was). They also spent a week in town at both of our stores, without mentioning the author’s status.
  2. A very local author who won an award and is on the NYT bestseller list came in, didn’t even mention who he was, and then created a social media post about how fantastic a store we have.

These authors spent time in our shop and made no fuss over whether we carried their books or where those books were on the shelves. We want to support you and have developed the process outlined above and below to help support independent authors. We recognize you have invested in your book; however, please do not complain or suggest where we should put your book in our store. We are small, and as such, we give precedence to the books our customers desire.

If No…

Reach out via email and tell us about your book. We try to respond to all inquiries; however, local Estes Park authors get priority. If you do not hear back from us, assume we are not interested. Thank You.

Walk-in appointments and unscheduled phone calls will NOT be accepted. We have set up these protocols to ensure you receive time and consideration. However, please be aware that we are busy throughout the year and do not always have time for author inquiries.

If you stop by without an appointment or call, we will automatically reject your request. You worked hard, we work hard, so please be considerate of our author protocols so that we can have a working relationship.