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Book Consignment Information 

 

Thank you for your interest in placing your book at The Country Bookseller. If your book has been published by an established publisher or is carried by Ingram at a regular discount and returnable, and we decide to carry it, we will purchase it directly from that source.

 

If your book is self-published or not readily available through our normal wholesalers or is only available on a short discount/non-returnable basis, we offer you the opportunity for us to sell it on a consignment basis. On consignment, the book remains the property of the consignor until sold. The Country Bookseller is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged merchandise. If you would like your book considered for stock, please follow our consignment guidelines:

 

  • Must have an ISBN

  • Must have title printed on the spine

  • Should be cost effective ($30 paperbacks totaling 150 pages are hard to sell even if it's the greatest book ever)

  • Editors are a plus (even a missing comma or period can be a nuisance)

  • Helpful to have a local connection

  • To submit a book for consideration, please email a one paragraph letter including your contact information, book title, ISBN, and price information, along with promotional materials, publicity plans, target audience, and any connections to the area. These materials should be sent to books@thecountrybookseller.com with the subject line: CONSIGNMENT. If we feel your book may have a market with our customers, we may request a review copy. Please do not drop off or mail review copies at the bookstore without our permission. Any review copies submitted to us become property of The Country Bookseller. Due to the large number of consignment submissions, we are unable to mail review copies back to authors.

  • Our standard consignment terms are: We take a minimum 40% discount (i.e., 60% of sales go to the author/consignor) and we keep consigned books in stock for a minimum of 180 days (depending on sales). Payment is made twice a year in June and at the end of December. It is the author’s responsibility to deliver new inventory and pick up unsold inventory. 

  • Due to the heavy volume of submissions, the consignment review process can take several weeks. We will notify you by email of our decision. Please keep in mind that we do not usually accept consignment books during the busy holiday season. If you would like us to review and carry your book for the holidays, please make sure you have submitted your consignment application several months prior to December.

  • The decision made by our buyers is final. As with all inventory we carry in the store, we retain the right for any final decision not to carry a book if we believe it doesn’t fit our market.

For a copy of our consignment agreement, click here.

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