Independent Author Consignment Program

Park Books is happy to support local authors and independent self-published authors. If your book is offered through a major distributor or publisher and not currently on our shelves, please let us know! If you are self-published and not available through a publisher or distributor, please consider consigning with us! 

Submissions for recommendation of book placement on our shelves will take place two times a year, January and July. Along with the application, submissions will be read to ensure that the book(s) will meet the needs and interests of our readers.

Listed below are our terms

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW & DO

1. Please familiarize yourself with the program terms

2. Ensure your book meets our guidelines

3. Fill out the Independent Author Consignment Program form and email to chris@parkbooksmd.com

4. Receive confirmation & acceptance email to the program

You will receive acceptance via email. The confirmation email will include how many books should be dropped off or mailed to the store and instructions for payment. Do not mail or drop off any books until you receive this confirmation.

6. Drop off or mail the requested number of books along with the stocking fee

7. Tell all your friends! Market your book on social media, at events, book signings, etc.! Tell them to find it at Park Books & LitCoLab! We will be happy to host a book signing for you. Please inquire. 

8. Contact the store by email periodically to check inventory stock.

PHYSICAL BOOK GUIDELINES

  • Book must have a printed and bound spine displaying the title and author name
  • Spiral bound or stapled books are not accepted
  • Book must have a 13-digit International Standard Book Number (ISBN)
  • Book must have a barcode with ISBN displayed on the back of the book
  • Please note: Hardback children’s books will sell better than mass printed paperback in our market. We will do our best to display your book; however, books without spines may be lost on shelves.

INDEPENDENT AUTHOR PROGRAM TERMS

  • The Independent Author Consignment Program is labor-intensive: setting up paper records, tracking sales, and managing the inventory must be done individually and by hand. All books occupy valuable space on our shelves, which is limited. Authors should understand that there are expenses associated with simply making their book(s) available in our store whether they sell or not. We have a one-time program fee to help offset these labor costs. The standard, non-refundable, one-time fee is $35.00 per title.
  • Accept standard 60/40 publishing industry terms. Park Books agrees to pay 60% for consignments sold. The author doesn’t pay us anything beyond the initial $35 fee. Park Books does not pay the author anything unless their book(s) sell.
  • We pay quarterly for book sales. Payments for sales are mailed at the end of each period (April, July, October, January).
  • We will contact you to confirm the number of copies which should be brought/mailed to the store (usually 3). If you are scheduled for an author signing event, you will be asked to bring additional books that we will sell during your event. Books sold at such an event will be added to our inventory for payment on the quarterly schedule described above. It is the author’s responsibility to notify us of any changes in contact information. It is also the author’s responsibility to check with us about inventory status and to deliver new inventory as needed.
  • IMPORTANT: We ask that authors promote the availability of their book at Park Books on their social media platforms and events. Your promotion helps the sale of your book(s)!
  • We will monitor the sale of consigned books. Books that have not sold during a six month period will be removed from the shelves. The author will be notified to pick up the remaining stock. It is important that authors promote their books-link your social media to our website! If you would like us to promote signed/personalized copies of your book on our website, please let us know. There is no additional fee; however, you will need to be available to sign books regularly when they sell.
  • You must offer your books at the same price at all retail outlets (to include Amazon).
  • Include that your book is available at Park Books in any and all marketing and advertising. Please also consider adding our web address link to any social media advertising.
  • Please note: Park Books is not responsible for damaged or stolen books left for consignment.

Please note: We are an independent bookstore and do not purchase books through Amazon nor do we personally sell Amazon only produced books. We understand that many independently published authors will print their books and market through Amazon. We will sell your author purchased copies here in our brick and mortar. As you are marketing your book, please DO NOT direct local traffic to purchase your book only on Amazon. It is important that we are in a reciprocal relationship and you direct local customers to pick up your book at their local indie. If you have not considered Ingram Spark, we encourage you to do so. Ingram is independent bookstore friendly.

If these terms are acceptable, please download, complete, and send back the form. Upon confirmation of your acceptance to our Independent Author Consignment Program, you may then pay your $35 program fee via mailed check or credit card online (instructions will be included in the email). Please note it can take up to two weeks for your application to be processed and for you to be contacted. If you have not heard from us within 14 business days, please then feel free to contact us at:

chris@parkbooksmd.com

If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact us by email or drop by the store! 

Park Books reserves the right to make the final decision on accepting a book.