Self-Published Author Guidelines

Congratulations on your new book! As a service to our local self-published authors, Pages Bookshop offers a consignment sales program.

Pages Bookshop defines “self-published” as any author who has paid (or otherwise arranged) to have their work printed, either personally or through a professional self-publishing service such as Createspace, Xlibris, Lulu or Infinity Publishing. Authors who start their own publishing companies to publish their own writing are also considered self-published.

Before contacting us regarding your book, please read the following procedures and guidelines carefully. 

Guidelines:

Pages will only consider books that meet the following professional standards:

  1. The 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 and artwork should not be visibly pixelated.

  2. The book must be professionally edited with no obvious errors. Be prepared with the name of your editor.

  3. The author must be a current resident of the Detroit Metro area.

  4. We don't carry every genre in our store. Your books must be in one of the genres we carry. We do not currently carry: Romance, Urban Fiction, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror, and Christian Fiction.

  5. An ISBN must be assigned to the book and printed on the back cover. 

  6. The book must be priced comparably to other titles of its size and genre.   

  7. The book may not contain any racist, sexist, homophobic, or overtly dogmatic content. 

  8. We don't accept authors who refer readers to competitor bookstores and online retailers on the acknowledgment page, or anywhere else within the bound pages of the book. This includes bookmarks.

  9. Consignment authors must visit our store to get a sense of the character of the bookstore and the type of books we do and do not carry. Not every book fits into our selection nor does your book fit in all bookstores.

Please understand that books that do not meet all the guidelines above will not be considered.

Procedures: 

  1. Email susan@pagesbkshop.com and provide details of your book. Include information about you, title and genre, price, and why you think that your book will sell at Pages. Not all books sell in our store, regardless of who publishes them.

  2. If your book is accepted for consignment sale, we will contact you by email to confirm our consignment terms. Authors must agree to the following terms:

+ Authors must list Pages Bookshop as a retail location prominently on their website and marketing materials; the more you encourage your readers to come into our store, the more your book will sell here! The initial consignment period is three months.

+ If your book sells at least one copy during that period, Pages Bookshop may choose to extend that period for an additional three month periods until all copies have sold. Once all copies have sold, Pages Bookshop will contact you regarding restock and issue you a check for 60% of the retail cost of each book.

+ If your book fails to sell during its first or any subsequent consignment period--or if Pages Bookshop wishes to return your books for any other reason-Pages Bookshop will contact you to issue you a check for any sold copies and return your unsold books. Authors are responsible for all return shipping costs and Pages Bookshop is not responsible for any loss or damages incurred in the returns process. If you fail to make arrangements for pick-up or return of your books in four weeks, they will be donated. 

Finally, please note while your book is in our bookshop, we don't review books nor do we provide marketing services for your book. If you are interested in holding an event at our bookshop please review the "For Self-Published" Authors section on our Event Request page. 

However, we have put together a list of suggestions for how you can promote your book to your community and let them know that they can pick it up at Pages Bookshop.

+ Consider every element of your book. Readers really do judge books by their covers, but they also judge it by what’s inside, how it’s bound, and what it costs. In addition to making sure your book has been proofread, it’s in your best interest to make sure your book has attractive cover art that communicates what the book is about to customers who pick it up, and is priced at or below the cost of other books of its size, format, subject, and genre.

+ Tell people you know to buy your book at Pages. Social and local media can be effective ways to get the word out, but we’ve found that word-of-mouth and email promotions often work just as well or better. Don’t be afraid to be creative. Think about the communities you’re a member of and let them know about your book. Alumni organizations? PTAs? Church? Eagles or Rotary? Rec sports league? It can feel uncomfortable to put yourself out there, but every person you tell about your book could be our next customer.

+ Be considerate of our store. If you have a website or social media presence, don’t let Amazon be the only link available. Consider putting our website or at the very least IndieBound.

+ Be considerate of our staff. We will decide where your book will be shelved and displayed. Please address any questions or concerns about your book, its location in the store, or its sales history to susan@pagesbkshop.com not to individual booksellers. If you plan to promote your book’s availability at Pages, please be sure that your friends, family, and supporters actually intend to purchase your book from Pages -- not just ask us whether or not we stock it.