Zines

FAQs FOR ZINE CONSIGNMENT!!!

PLEASE READ, EVEN IF YOU HAVE BEEN SELLING YOUR ZINES WITH US FOR YEARS.

 

(09/25/20): Hey Zinesters! Sending y’all love in these uncertain times! For now, we’ve temporarily halted all zine consignment, as we’ve had to close in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and are in the midst of relocating! This means we are NOT accepting zine submissions or restock at this time. Thanks for bearing with us as we figure this moment out!

Any unsolicited zine submissions will be considered review copies and may not be accepted on consignment or receive a reply (due to shear volume of submissions).

Any unsolicited zine submissions that are accepted will be listed immediately. 

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, it is your responsibility to check-in and pick up the unaccepted review copies.

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 at this time.

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

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. Can be xerox copied, cut and paste, black and white, color, computer printed, on plain or fancy paper, quarter-size, half-size, or something in between!

   

A zine is NOT a: book or magazine.

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: White People Hate Protests, No Selves To Defend, Fixer Eraser, Don’t Hate My Heels, The East Village Inky, A Survivor: Alisha Walker…and 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 1 – 3 copies of your zine for review . This serves as our consignment agreement. You can drop them off in-person and ask someone to put them in the “Zine Box,” or you mail mail them to Zines c/o Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St, NY, NY 10002. Using the form and delivering or mailing zines are the only ways to have your titles considered for consignment.

If we accept your zine, we pay you %50 of the retail or cover price. For example, 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 copies have sold before sending your payout (instead of paying you that $2 right after just 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?

It’s your responsibility as the consigning zinester to get in touch with our zine team to check-in on sales. Please email zines@bluestockings.com (once a month is fine!) to see if we need to restock and send you a payout!

How many different titles can I send at one time?

If you make more than one zine title, please send copies of only 3 different zines to try out at first. Some of our zinesters make up to 10 different zines (amazing!). We try to make sharing our shelf space as fair as possible.

Unless you are Mariame Kaba, then you can send us as many zine titles as your heart desires.

If your zine has been selling really well, sending us 5-10 copies of one title is preferred! When in doubt, always ask via email!

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 volunteer right now. 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. Email responses are done twice a week if we’re not slammed in the shop!

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 a new title. 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 “Returns box.” If you live in another country, because mailing is expensive, we will put them in the free donation section.

Please stay in touch monthly, via email, to avoid your not-selling zine title winding up in the donation section!

What kind of zines sell best at Bluestockings?

Themes such as LGBTQAI issues, feminism, activism, personal journey, survival, mental health, nonfiction memoir, prison abolition, self-defense, travel, political organizing are most welcome and sell very well here! 

Zines that do not sell well here: poetry collections, and photo essay zines.

Coming to look at our selection here 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 Red, the Zine Coordinator, at zines@bluestockings.com. Red uses they/them pronouns.