Selling your book at Square Books

Will Square Books stock my book?
If your book is published by a traditional publisher with whom we have an established relationship and standard terms we easily can order it.  If your book is self-published, published by a non- traditional publisher or a publisher with whom we do not have an account we may accept your book on consignment.

What is consignment?
Consignment is an agreement to stock a book and pay the vendor only if it is sold.

What is the difference between a traditional and non-traditional publisher?
What we call Traditional publishers are those, no matter their size or the types of books they publish in terms of content, who perform the conventional functions of publishing which include acquiring the manuscript (paying the author), editing, designing, marketing, distribution to bookstores, and so on.  Non-traditional publishers are all others.

How do I put my book on consignment with Square Books?
Square Books collects a $25 administrative fee for each title that a consignment vendor wishes to place with the store. 
Contact  books[at]squarebooks[dot]com to arrange to pay the fee and complete the agreement.

Will you take any book?
Square Books will only carry books with a spine on which the title is printed.  We will not accept stapled books, spiral bound, or any books without a spine.  A 13-digit ISBN is preferred, but not required.  Square Books reserves the right to decline entering into a consignment agreement for any reason.  We will not accept books published by Amazon or its subsidiaries (Create Space, Book Search, etc.) or books that are non-returnable or otherwise are offered at less than standard trade terms.

Where will my book be placed?
Square Books has, at Off Square Books, 129 Courthouse Square, a section for "Local and Independently Published" books.  Your book will be shelved there.  If you would like your book displayed on a table or rack at Off Square Books, we will do so for a fee of $50 for 30 days, optional to renew for an additional thirty days $35.

Will you host a booksigning for me?
To compensate for extra expenses involved in hosting an event, Square Books charges a fee of $250.  In limited circumstance this fee may be negotiated.  We will provide refreshments, post the event on our web calendar and place an advertisement in Oxford Town.

When do I get paid?
At the end of the ninety (90) day consignment period Square Books will review sales and issue payment for any copies sold.

How do I put my book on consignment with Square Books?

  • Mail or deliver a review copy to Square Books, 160 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS 38655. Review copies will be returned if a SASE is provided.
  • Be sure to include contact information
  • We will review the book and then return to you a copy of our consignment form to be completed and returned along with requested number of books.
  • Once we have received the books, completed form, and administrative fee we will place your books for sale at Off Square Books

Why don't you just take my book, and why do you want me to pay for a book signing?