Consignment

Download the Bluestockings Consignment Form as a PDF HERE.

At Bluestockings, we maintain a roster of over 100 book and magazine titles on consignment from local authors and smaller publishing houses. Here you can find our consignment policy, as well as answers to some of our more commonly asked questions regarding consignment.

Any unsolicited title submissions will be considered review copies and may not be accepted on consignment or replied to. While we want to remain accessible to authors in allowing unsolicited submissions, please do so with the understanding that if we decide not to carry your title, we will be giving it away for free to the general public and do not have the capacity to reply to declined submissions at this time. Please email consignment@bluestockings.com before sending your zines to get a better idea of whether or not we have space on our roster to stock your title.

What is consignment? What is your consignment policy at Bluestockings?
How do you differentiate between a book and a magazine? A magazine and a zine?
How do I sell my title at Bluestockings?
How will I know if it has sold and you need more copies?
How many different titles can I send at one time?
I mailed/dropped off my title and I haven’t heard from you. Should I contact you?
How long will you consign my title for? What happens if it does not sell?
What kind of titles do you look for at Bluestockings?
What if I still have questions, can I email someone?

What is consignment?

To have your title at Bluestockings on consignment means that the author/artists is paid only for that which has sold, and after a certain period, takes back any unsold goods. This is a low-risk payment setup for both artist and bookstore to remain accessible to local artists and smaller publishing houses, and also allows us to buy wholesale from the artist directly.

Our consignment policy is as follows:

Bluestockings Consignment Policy

Thank you for considering Bluestockings for your book consignment! We will accept up to three copies of a given title initially. We pay out 50% of the retail price for books on consignment. Review titles should be left with the expectation that they may not be returnable. We strongly prefer to pay out via PayPal for ease of payment, however we can also pay by check as well. In general, we do not do cash payouts. Payouts generally occur once every 90 days, or whenever a restock is necessary, whichever comes first. We may pay out less frequently at your request if it minimizes PayPal fees on your payout.

When you drop off a title for review with us we strongly recommend that you send a follow up email to consignment@bluestockings.com. This should include all of the same contact and retail information you leave at the store with your review copy. We are happy to correspond internationally by email as well. We do not make phone calls outside of the United States.

We will hold the book for 90 days to give it a chance to sell. Most every new consignment title we face out & feature in its section, if not on our new titles display tables. If no books have sold within the first 30 days we reserve the right to end the consignment period early. If sales average two copies or less for every 30 days, we reserve the right to not place a second order, even if all books are sold. If reorders are required more frequently than average, we may request to shift from consignment terms to general Net-90 invoice terms at that time. The return of any books by mail would be at the cost of the author/distributor.

How do you differentiate between a book and a magazine? A magazine and a zine?

Generally for us to consider a publication a ‘book’ it needs to have a bound spine of some sort. This includes literary journals. If the publication has no spine, it generally falls under one of four categories: a zine, a pamphlet, a magazine or a chapbook.

An example of each:

Literary Journal: https://www.facebook.com/LiesJournal/. A bound book. Generally edited together with submissions from multiple authors.
Zine: http://hoaxzine.tumblr.com/. An independently written, published and distributed periodical with little or no advertising or profit.
Pamphlet: https://secure.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=635. Generally a bit longer and more mass-printed than a zine. More like a small magazine, without periodic issue releases.
Magazine: http://tomtommag.com/. Generally a bit larger, with higher-quality printing.
Chapbook: http://www.therejectionist.com/p/guillotine.html. Higher-quality print job with no spine, generally smaller than a magazine though, and generally all from one author. Often stitch-bound.

Zines are handled by a different volunteer and have their own consignment procedure. Please see our zine page for more info on that. This would include smaller chapbooks as well.

How do I sell my title at Bluestockings?

PLEASE READ all of this before sending your zine. Submissions sent without the form filled out correctly will not be considered.

Fill out the consignment form found at the very top of this page and send in 3 copies of each of your titles. This form has space for you to fill out info on up to two different titles at a time. You can either drop them off at the shop or mail them to:

Bluestockings Bookstore
Attn: Consignment
172 Allen Street
NY, NY 10002

You can also email us the information asked for on the form and submit any review material you may have as pdf for consideration.

As stated in the consignment policy, we consign titles at a 50% wholesale rate. This means that if you normally charge $10 for a title but need to get at least $6 back to recoup overhead costs, we recommend listing the retail price as $12 or $13. We generally pay out via PayPal, and will wait until a few have sold before sending you money, instead of paying you right after every sale.

Read more FAQ to see what kinds of titles sell best and when you should or should not contact us.

How will I know if it has sold and you need more copies?

We run a sales report monthly that shows us what zines have sold. We will contact you to let you know you have money on the way and if you should send more zines. If you have a new issue of a zine, you can contact us, but we do prefer you do that before you go ahead and mail us more.
*Sometimes* zinesters come into the store, don’t see their zine on the rack, and email saying, “It looks like you have sold out. Should I send more?” However, we restock weekly, so chances are, we have more in stock. If we don’t you will get an email from us soon asking for more zines, unless, we are really full and don’t have more space for yours right now, which can happen.

How many different titles can I send at one time?

However many you want! If you are a publisher, or have more than four titles you would like to submit, please do not mail them to the shop without sending us a pdf catalogue of your selections previously. As stated in the consignment policy, the return of any books by mail would be at the cost of the author/distributor; review titles should be sent with the expectation that they may not be returnable.

I mailed/dropped off my title and I haven’t heard from you. Should I contact you?

Feel free to email us if you haven’t heard back from us in a while. Please keep in mind though that we are unable to promise a reply to everyone whose review copy we decide not to carry, and reserve every right to make the final decision on what titles we carry at our shop.

How long will you consign my title for? What happens if it does not sell?

As stated in the consignment policy: We will hold the book for 90 days to give it a chance to sell. Most every new consignment title we face out & feature in its section, if not on our new titles display tables. If no books have sold within the first 30 days we reserve the right to end the consignment period early. If sales average two copies or less for every 30 days, we reserve the right to not place a second order, even if all books are sold. If reorders are required more frequently than average, we may request to shift from consignment terms to general Net-90 invoice terms or Direct Buy terms at that time. The return of any books by mail would be at the cost of the author/distributor. Any books left in the shop after the consignment period has ended are considered a donation and will be put out for free to the general public.

What kind of titles do you look for at Bluestockings?

We identify as a ‘radical’ bookstore because we identify as an intersectional feminist bookstore. From Wikipedia:

Intersectionality (or intersectional theory) is the study of overlapping or intersecting social identities and related systems of oppression, domination, or discrimination. The theory suggests that—and seeks to examine how—various biological, social and cultural categories such as gender, race, class, ability, sexual orientation, religion, caste, age, nationality and other sectarian axes of identity interact on multiple and often simultaneous levels. The theory proposes that we should think of each element or trait of a person as inextricably linked with all of the other elements in order to fully understand one’s identity.[1] This framework can be used to understand how systemic injustice and social inequality occur on a multidimensional basis.[2] Intersectionality holds that the classical conceptualizations of oppression within society—such as racism, sexism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia and belief-based bigotry—do not act independently of each other. Instead, these forms of oppression interrelate, creating a system of oppression that reflects the “intersection” of multiple forms of discrimination.

We are most likely to accept titles that discuss marginalized narratives through an intersectional lens. This of course is not a comment on how progressive or deep your title might be, but rather what kind of titles are most successful and sought-after among our customer base. That being said, we are open to any/all submissions within our stated guidelines.

What if I still have questions, can I email someone?

After you have read the FAQ if you still have a question you can email us! Send a message over to consignment@bluestockings.com and either Maria or Garima will get back to you.