You’ve written a book – congratulations! Laurel Book Store supports our regional authors and is happy to provide a retail outlet for books published through non-traditional publishing sources. In the past few years, however, as self-publishing options have proliferated, we are getting more requests than ever from authors who wish to place their books on our shelves. It is impossible for us to accept all of these books. When your book is self-published, published by a company that Laurel does not already do business with, or is available only on a non-returnable basis, we will work directly with you to sell your books on consignment.
If you have chosen to use Amazon’s CreateSpace or set up your publishing venture through CreateSpace, we understand that you have carefully considered your options and chose that platform for your sales, marketing, and distribution. We wish you well and sincerely hope that they do a good job of selling your book for you.
We choose not to.
- Your book must be professionally bound and finished. Books that are spiral bound, stapled or contain loose pages will not be considered. The title must appear on the spine.
- Book must be professionally edited with no obvious errors.
- Only books displaying an ISBN will be considered.
- We highly discourage authors from referring readers to competitor bookstores and online retailers on the acknowledgment page, or anywhere else within the bound pages of the book.
- If you have an online presence, please make sure that our store is listed as carrying the book. We will not consider for selection any book if the only place you are directing customers is to online suppliers such as Amazon.
- We give preference to authors who live locally and are customers of the store.
Our consignment program is an agreement between you, the author, and Laurel 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, Laurel Book Store will:
- Place your book for sale either in the Local section or by its category.
- Track sales of your book using our computerized inventory system.
- Call you when we need more copies.
- Issue a check after we’ve sold copies at the end of the consignment period.
- Remove your books from sale after 3 months unless it is continuing to sell well and both you and Laurel agree to extend the consignment.
Note: It is your responsibility to contact us at the end of your 3 month consignment period, and it is your responsibility to pick up any unsold books at that time. Any books left beyond the consignment period will be disposed of by Laurel Book Store. We will only pay you for books that are sold. Damaged or stolen items are your sole financial responsibility.
If you would like Laurel Book Store to carry your book on consignment, here’s what you must agree to do:
- Leave a copy of your book for us to review. If your book is not accepted for consignment sale, it is your responsibility to pick it up at our store or pay to have it shipped within two weeks of notification of non-acceptance. If we choose not to carry your book please understand that it is a business decision, not a personal one.
- Complete the consignment form if your book is accepted.
- Leave copies for sale at Laurel Bookstore.
- Accept standard 60/40 publishing industry terms.
- In order to sell, your book should be priced at or below the cost of other books of its sizes and sort.
- 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 Laurel Book Store in any and all of your marketing and advertising and add a link on your website, if you have one, to both www.laurelbookstore and www.IndieBound.org. It is important for you, as the publisher, to remember that marketing is up to you.
- Pick up any unsold copies of your book at the end of the 3 month consignment, understanding that any books left past that time will be disposed of by the bookstore.
In Store Events
Acceptance for sale in the store does not constitute an agreement to hold an author event. Store author events can be very successful but several factors go into deciding whether we hold an event or not. Not every book is one that we will hold an event for.
Does the book have appeal to our customer base? Are you pushing traffic to the store to buy the book? What is your marketing plan for an event? Author blogs, mailing lists, social networking and other outreach is crucial in making it a success.
In order to break even, we need to sell at least enough copies of any book at an event to cover costs. If that doesn’t happen, we will charge you a fee to cover expenses equal to that amount.
Our events coordinator and staff determine whether or not to schedule an event.