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 promote and sell their work!

Our goal is to offer customers a carefully curated selection of books that appeal to the reading lifestyle here in Tallahassee. As such, we are eager to support local indie or self-published authors on a consignment basis! At Midtown Reader, a consignment relationship is collaborative and involves both the creator and our staff working together. If you think your book would be a good fit, please follow the steps below to join our Local Author program: 

Step 1: Let us know about your work!

Please provide us with the following information by sending an email to jess@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 our bookstore would be a successful place for your work! Please note that at this time, we can only carry authors who are local to Tallahassee. If you are not based in Tallahassee, we hope you'll reach out to your neighborhood indie bookstore! 

Step 3: We'll handle everything after! 

After getting your information together, we'll take an initial stock of your book and put them on our Local Author shelves! We'll monitor your sales and make quarterly payments for your books sold. Please note that a standard minimum discount of 40% is required on books. For example, if the retail price of a book is $10, the bookstore will pay you $6 for the item. ​At this time, we will also monitor inventory and reorder as necessary. We also host several events throughout the year that we invite your fellow local authors to and feature your books periodically. We love our local authors and can't wait to have you as a part of our family!