Local Authors

Local authors are part of what makes our store so unique!

One of our favorite things about being a local independent bookstore is that we can offer a space for local authors to call home and to promote and sell their work! We offer a highly curated selection of books that appeal to the reading lifestyle in Tallahassee. If you think your book would be a good fit for our store, read on to find out how we can work together!

At Midtown Reader, a consignment relationship is collaborative and involves both the creator and our staff working together to meet our mutually agreed upon sales goals

Step 1: Let us know about your work!

Please provide us with the following information by sending an email to Jill@midtownreader.com:

  • Your contact information
  • Marketing copy or a description of your item(s)
  • Your website address or relevant social media pages
  • a JPEG image of each item
  • Publisher/manufacturer information
  • Price of items (retail & wholesale)
  • Distribution details - where to order & terms of sale, discounts, shipping charges, etc.
  • Local/national marketing plans
  • Other retailers carrying your product
  • A brief description of your ideas for marketing your product

Step 2: We'll be in touch!

 After we have had a chance to review your work, we’ll be in touch to let you know if we believe we would be a successful outlet for your  work. At that time, we may wish to schedule an appointment to discuss ideas and obtain inventory.

Step 3: Become an Indie Insider!

All authors wishing to have new titles entered into inventory on consignment after March 1, 2018 will be required to purchase a supporting membership at Midtown Reader. These memberships are vital to the store’s mission to host most literary events with free admission to the public. The membership costs $25 per year and comes with a free Midtown Reader t-shirt or tote and a 20%-off coupon for an item of your choice, as well as rewards for shopping with us. You can learn more about Indie Insiders and join here

Step 4: We'll track sales and submit payments

Discounts​: A standard minimum discount of 40% is required on books. For example, if the retail price of a book is $10, the bookstore would pay $6 for the item. For non-book merchandise, we’ll discuss establishing a retail price and determining a wholesale cost. ·

Trial period​: The bookstore will initially carry the item for three months. The sales volume will determine whether the item remains in inventory after the trial period. ·

​Restocking: ​We’ll monitor sales and reorder as necessary. 

​Returns​: If we feel we have excess inventory or if sales decline, we’ll be in touch to ask you to stop by to pick up your items (or pay for return shipping). If the items have not been picked up within 30 days, the items become the property of the bookstore. ·

​Payments​: The bookstore will mail you payment quarterly for items sold. Checks will be processed by the 15th of the month following the end of the quarter (April, July, October & January).