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