Zines

NEW FAQ FOR ZINE CONSIGNMENT!!! PLEASE READ EVEN IF YOU HAVE BEEN SELLING ZINES HERE FOR YEARS.

Any unsolicited zine 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 zine submissions, please do so with the understanding that if we decide not to carry your zine, we will be giving it away for free to the general public and do not have the capacity to reply to declined zine submissions at this time. Please email zines@bluestockings.com before sending your zines to get a better idea of whether or not we have space on our roster to stock your zine.

THERE IS NOW AN ONLINE PDF TO DOWNLOAD, PRINT FOR SELLING YOUR ZINE AT BLUESTOCKINGS.

What is a Zine?
Are zines popular at Bluestockings?
How do I sell my brand new zine 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 zine and I haven’t heard from you. Should I contact you?
How long will you consign my zine for? What happens if it does not sell?
What kind of zines sell best at Bluestockings?
What if I still have questions, can I email someone?

What is a zine?

An independently written, published and distributed periodical with little or no advertising or profit. Can be xerox copied cut and paste, black and white, color, computer printed, on plain or fancy paper, quarter-size, half-size, something in between, have a bar code or not.
A zine is NOT a: book, pamphlet, or full magazine. Please see our
consignment page for more info on consigning these.

Are zines popular at Bluestockings?

Very! We carry a variety of titles and weekly, new and old authors are sending us zines. Popular titles include: Doris zine, It Gets Bitter, Hoax zine, The East Village Inky, Ask First, Lower East Side Librarian. Lots more.

How do I sell my brand new zine 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 this form and send in 3 copies of your zine. You can drop them off in person and ask someone to put them in the zine box. Or you mail mail them to Zines, Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St., NY, NY 10002. The form and then delivering or mailing are the only ways to have your zine considered at Bluestockings.

If we accept your zine, we pay you %50 of the retail or cover price. If you decide your zine costs $4 (you set your own price) then we pay you $2 when it sells. We will wait until a few have sold before sending you money, instead of paying you that $2 right after one sale.

Read more FAQ to see what kinds of zines 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?

If you make more than one zine, you may send copies of 3 different zines. We have to limit to 3 because it would be unfair if one author got to have space for so many different titles. Some of our zinesters make up to 10 different zines, so, we have to make it fair with a limit. If your zine has been selling well sending 5-10 copies of one title is fair.

For example if you have 3 different zines, you should probably send us 15 in total. If you have 1 zines that has been selling like mad, send us 10 copies. If selling slowly, send 5.

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

Zine buying and shelving is all done by just one little volunteer. If you haven’t gotten a reply, we either never got your zine, you didn’t fill out the consignment submissions form, or we are just behind. Maybe wait a minute to email.

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

We will give your zine 6 months to sell if it is new. If you have been with us for a while, we will give you a little longer. We have to make way for new zines that we get every week. If you have all 3 copies left and none have sold, we will put them in the free donation box. If you live in another country, because mailing is expensive, we will put them in the free donation box. We will email you and let you know. *If you have sold 1/3 and you’d like the sale to pay for the mailing of leftover zines back to you, you can check that option on the online submissions form.

What kind of zines sell best at Bluestockings?

Themes such as LGBTQ issues, feminism, activism, personal journey, survival, mental health, nonfiction memoir, travel, comics. Zines that do not sell well here: poetry collections, photo zines. Coming to look at our selection here or in a store that sells zines will give you an idea.

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

After you have read the FAQ if you still have a question email Andria, the zine volunteer, at zines@bluestockings.com. She also co-hosts Pete’s Mini Zine Fest and is the editor of the literary zine We’ll Never Have Paris.