How Can I Get Barnes and Noble to Sell My Books on Consignment?!

How Can I Get Barnes and Noble to Sell My Books on Consignment?!

Hi Angela,

Would I approach a Barnes and Noble with a consignment agreement or there’s too much red tape for that?



Hi Kelly,

First, it’s far easier for a local author to get their books into a local store than it is to get placement in all their stores. This is true for all bookstore chains.

With more than a million new books hitting the market each year, in addition to all the existing books, mid-list titles, classics and best sellers, there are just far too many books for stores to stock now. And, most books are purchased online anyway.

Unless you’re a celebrity or a best selling author, asking Barnes and Noble to stock your book in all their stores just isn’t going to happen, no matter what type of terms you offer. But, you can increase your chances of getting your book into a local bookstore if you remove the financial risk from that store. How? Offer to sell your book on consignment to them.

Please see:
How to Sell to Books on Consignment to Bookstores and Other Retailers

You should know that, in most cases of unknown authors, the time and expense spent trying to get two or three copies on the shelf of a local store may not be worth it. The books are likely to be returned to you later, dusty, bent, and perhaps unsellable.

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