Due to the impact of COVID-19, our local author consignment program is on hiatus until further notice. We look forward to re-starting this program as soon as is reasonably possible.
If your book is distributed by the Ingram Book Company, our buyers will consider it for purchase with all other titles. The book must be available to independent bookstores at a "Regular" discount and sold on a returnable basis.
Please send questions about our local author program to authorinquiries@tatteredcover.
Thank you for your interest in the Colorado Author Consignment program. Tattered Cover believes in supporting local indie-published authors by giving them the opportunity to sell their books in our store through our consignment process. We are limiting our intake to 25 new authors a month. Here’s how you can become one of those authors:
- Your book must have the author name and title on the spine
- Your book must have an ISBN
- It must be no older than three months
- You must live in the state of Colorado
If your book meets every basic requirement above, you may qualify for placement in our program. We review every book that we consider before making our decision, and look for the following in newly self-published books:
- Grammar mistakes and typos should be minimal if not completely absent
- Cover design must be marketable and well thought out
- Page layout must be clear and professional
- Illustrations and photos must be well placed, and clearly reproduced on the page
- We will be taking content and the quality of writing into consideration
- Agree to pay $50.00 consignment fee
- Agree to retail split of 40/60%
If you believe your book meets our basic criteria, we will be happy to consider it. Please compose a letter essentially “pitching” your book with sales history (if you have any at this point), reviews, and a brief description of the book and yourself.
Please note: we are no longer accepting electronic review copies. We can only consider review copies with all edits, formatting and design finalized.
Please email your letter to our Consignment Buyer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please DO NOT send or deliver a review copy until we have requested one from you. If the copy was not requested, it will not be accepted or considered. We wish you the best of luck with your publishing endeavors and look forward to hearing from you!
Is it still possible to print my books with the Tattered Cover Press?
We no longer have our Espresso Book Machine. There are resources listed on the Tattered Cover Press page on our website so you can still design and print your book.
Can I schedule an event?
The Consignment Department does not schedule events, even for authors in the program. You can click on the link below for more information about scheduling and holding in-store events. Before we can schedule an event, your book must be in inventory or on order.
What does consignment mean? Are there other options?
If your book is distributed by Ingram, Baker & Taylor, or a publisher with whom Tattered Cover has an ongoing relationship, and available at our preferred trade terms and returnable, we can use our standard ordering process. If this applies to you, be sure to mention it when you email our Consignment Buyer so we can get you in contact with the proper buyers.
If you join our Colorado Author Consignment Program, you will sign a contract allowing 3-6 months of shelf-space for your title. The contract can be extended by our Buyer, at their discretion. It may also be terminated by either party at any time. We will pay you 60% of the retail price for every copy sold, either when an invoice has sold out, or at the end of your contract. You will be responsible for picking up any books that do not sell when the contract expires or is terminated. You will work directly with our Consignment Buyer to keep track of sales, and fill orders.