Consignment Program

As booksellers, we see supporting authors as an important part of our job. We know that without meaningful support for authors, we would never have the opportunity to discover so many of the wonderful books that have enriched our lives. 

Whether you are looking to publish your first book or you are an established author, we look forward to the chance to help you in any way we can.

How to join our consignment program:

Please make an appointment in advance. To schedule an appointment, contact our Programs Manager, Mary Schwartz at

Please provide us with the following:

  • Publisher information
  • Distribution information
  • Pricing (retail and wholesale)
  • Contact information for the author
  • Web address for author and/or book
  • A copy of or synopsis of the book
  • List of other retailers stocking the title
  • Advertising/marketing undertaken by the author
  • Events and gatherings executed or scheduled
  • JPEG image of cover art for web use

Please understand that author events and book signings are established only once the book has proven to be a seller. 

Consignment Policy:

  • Self-published books are taken on a consignment basis only until a proven sales record is established.
  • Wholesale and retail costs of the book will be established upon acceptance of the book. The typical mark-up from wholesale is 40 percent.
  • Maria's Bookshop will stock the title for six months, reordering when necessary.
  • If the book sells within the allotted six-month time period, payment will be made.
  • If the title does not sell, it will be returned to the author or donated to an appropriate local group or organization. It is the author's responsibility to pick up the unsold book(s) or to pay for shipping.


Maria’s Bookshop Non-Inclusion of AI-Authored Books Policy:

At Maria’s Bookshop, we are committed to curating a diverse and meaningful collection of books that resonate with our customers and contribute to their intellectual and cultural enrichment. In alignment with this commitment, we have decided not to carry books written by AI in our store. If you're interested in reading our full policy please click here.

Tips for a Successful Consignment:

  • Encourage your friends, family and other contacts to purchase your book at Maria's Bookshop.
  • Contact local media and mailing lists to let them know that the book is available at Maria's Bookshop.
  • Send out press releases, review copies and other promotional materials.
  • Get involved with book clubs, libraries and other community organizations.


Requesting a Book Signing:

At Maria's Bookshop, we are lucky enough to field requests from many authors, both well-known and yet-to-be-discovered. While we wish we could say "yes" to them all, we often need to make difficult decisions about which events will best serve our unique community of readers.

If you are an author hoping to set up an event with Maria's Bookshop, please contact our Programs Director, Mary Schwartz, with the following:

  • a description of your book
  • your plan for helping to publicize the event
  • contact information for your publisher and/or publicist
  • information about distribution (i.e. where we can get the book)
  • a link to your website
  • your proposed tour schedule
The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It . . . Successfully By Arielle Eckstut, David Henry Sterry Cover Image
ISBN: 9780761160854
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Workman Publishing Company - November 4th, 2010