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*CONSIGNMENT UPDATE*

We love to support self-published authors. At the moment, we are overwhelmed with consignment requests and simply do not have the ability to give each book a read and the attention each author deserves.

We will remove this message when we are able to start accepting consignments again.
Thank you for understanding.


 

 

 

Merritt Bookstore’s Consignment Policy

 

You’ve written a book - congratulations! The Merritt Bookstore supports our regional authors and is happy to provide a retail outlet for books published through non-traditional publishing sources. When your book is self-published, published by a company that Merritt Bookstore does not already do business  with, or is available only on a non-returnable basis, we will work directly with you to sell your book on consignment.

 

Consignors may leave a copy (non-returnable) of their title to be considered by one of our readers, with your name, phone number and email address.  We will respond at our convenience.

 

WE WILL  CONTACT YOU WHEN YOUR BOOK HAS BEEN REVIEWED BY A MEMBER OF OUR STAFF.

 

If selected for our store, the following applies:

 

For the sum of $20, Merritt Bookstores agrees to display your book on a consignment basis for a period of 6 months. During that time, Merritt may contact the consignor to request additional quantities for sale / and or pay the consignor for items already sold. 

 

The Merritt Bookstore’s terms for payment on consignment are 45/55 with the consignor. (Merritt Bookstore does not pay more than 55% for a consignment).

 

At the end of the 6 month consignment term, it is the responsibility of the consignor to pick up any unpaid items. All items left past 6 months without prior consent from Merritt Bookstore may be donated or disposed of.

 

To extend your consignment term for another six months, it is an additional $20 fee. (Please note: authors who have sold ten or more items during the six month period will have the re-consignment fee waived.)

 

Note: Merritt Bookstore reserves the right to refuse any book proffered for consignment deemed unsuitable or inappropriate for sale in the store.

 

The Merritt Bookstore can only pay for items that were sold. Damaged or stolen items are the sole financial responsibility of the consignor.

 

Consignor’s Responsibilities – by signing the consignment form you agree to:

  • Pay the $20 non-refundable consignment fee.
  • Leave between 2 and 5 copies for sale at the Merritt Bookstore.
  • Accept 45/55 consignment terms (ie we will pay you 55% of the purchase price of the book).
  • Offer your book at the same retail price through all outlets (including copies you might sell yourself).
  • Include the fact that your book is available at Merritt Bookstore in any and all of your marketing and advertising, and add a link on your website, if you have one, to both www.merrittbookstore.com and www.IndieBound.org.
  • Pick up any unsold copies of your book at the end of the 6 month consignment period, understanding that any books left past that time will be disposed of by the bookstore.

 

Our consignment program is an agreement between you, the author, and Merritt Bookstore, to offer your book for sale in our store.  By leaving your books with us, you agree to abide by the guidelines below:

 

 

When you leave your books on consignment with us, the Merritt Bookstore will:

  • Place your book for sale, most often in our self-published author section. (remove: which is alphabetized by author, so your friends and family can easily find it in our store.)

  • Track sales of your book using our computerized inventory system.

  • Call you when we need more copies.

  • Issue a check (after we’ve sold 5 or more copies or) at the end of the consignment period.

  • Remove your title from sale after 6 months unless it is continuing to sell well and both you and Merritt agree to extend the consignment.

 

If there is an agreement to extend the consignment an additional six months, a renewal fee of $20 will be charged.

Authors who have sold ten or more copies during the six month period will have the re-consignment fee waived.

 

Note: We will contact you at the end of your 6 month consignment period, but it is your responsibility to pick up any unsold books at that time.  Any books left beyond the consignment period may be disposed of by the Merritt Bookstore. We will only pay you for books that are sold. Damaged or stolen items are your sole financial responsibility.  

 

If you would like the Merritt Bookstore to carry your book on consignment, here’s what you must agree to do:

  • Complete Merritt Bookstore’s consignment form with store staff.

  • Pay the Merritt Bookstore the $20 non-refundable consignment handling fee.

  • Leave between 2 and 5 copies for sale at the Merritt Bookstore.

  • Accept 45/55 consignment terms for book sales.

  • Offer your book at the same retail price through all outlets (including copies you might sell yourself).

  • Include the fact that your book is available at the Merritt Bookstore in any and all of your marketing and advertising and add a link on your website, if you have one, to both www.merrittbookstore.com and www.IndieBound.org.

 

It is important for you, as the publisher, to remember that marketing is up to you.

 

Note: Merritt Bookstores reserves the right to refuse any book proffered for consignment deemed unsuitable for sale in the store. 

 

Tips for Marketing Your Book:  

 

Here are some things to consider when thinking about marketing your book in our store - remember, we want all of your hard work to be rewarding, both for us and for you.

 

Quality (and by this we don’t mean the fluency of your prose and the intelligence of your thinking).

Is your book as perfect as possible? Spelling, grammar and typesetting count. If you are self-published, the company that prints your book may offer proofreading, or even a fair amount of editing, for a fee. Professional authors have professional copy editors who go through every manuscript in detail. If you are expecting your readers to pay as much for your book as they would pay for a book from a major publishing house, they are expecting a work of equal quality.  Assemble your own team to make your book the best it can be.

 

Pricing

In order to sell, your book should be priced at or below the cost of other books of its size and sort. It’s easy to see how your book compares by browsing your local bookstore. When you negotiate for the production of your book, be sure to take that into account, as well as the fact that you will have to pay at least the industry standard discount to stores who stock your book, and substantial sums for marketing so that readers can know your book is available. Do your math ahead of time so that you aren’t disappointed later!

 

Cover Art

Face it - people do judge books by their covers. Make sure you cover looks good.

 

Promotion

  • Create as professional an author bio and press release as you can to tell your story.

  • Contact local and regional media and use mailing lists, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc. to let people know you’ve published a book and it’s available at Merritt.

  • Send out press releases, review copies and other promotional materials to local media and any other organizations with which you are affiliated.

  • Tell friends and family and send them to the store for copies - this generates the all-important buzz that generates more sales.

  • Buy and read some of the following resource books (some available here at the Merritt Bookstore or on www.merrittbookstore.com)  

 

This Year’s Writer’s Market: Where and How to Sell What You Write, Ed. by Robert Lee Brewer

Grammar Girl’s Quick & Dirty Tips for Better Writing, by Mignon Fogarty

A Novel in a Year: From First Page to Last in 52 Weeks, by Louise Doughty

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King

The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron

Author 101: Bestselling Book Publicity, by Rick Frishman

The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published, by Arielle Eckstut & Henry David Sterry

 

*adapted with permission from Saturn Booksellers, MI