Consignment Program

BookPeople of Moscow is pleased to support local authors and artists by offering a consignment program for authors and artists who live full time within 60 miles radius of Moscow and Pullman. This includes Lewiston and Clarkston, the small communities in the quad-city region such as Uniontown, Palouse, Troy, Genessee, on so on. It excludes Spokane and Boise. If you are not within this 60 mile radius, we're happy to make a suggestion to you about where your book or work might be consigned at a store more local to you.

Accepting books and other items on consignment allows us to carry and feature a wider variety of books and gifts, including independently published and print-on-demand titles. Books must meet the requirements described below in the guidelines. Books as well as non-book items such as jewelry or greeting cards must be evaluated and approved by BookPeople's managerial staff before being accepted for consignment. Please deliver a sample to the store with your contact information included, to the attention of "consignment coordinator." We will respond within 30 days in most cases but occasionally there are delays. Please be reasonable; don't expect us to be able to have time to speak with you between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Once you have read all of the information available here and had your items approved by management for consignment, please download, fill out, sign, and deliver the consignment agreement (PDF at bottom of this page) along with two copies of the book or the agreed upon number of your artistic works. Please sign one agreement per title or per type of artistic work (card, tea towel, etc)Please fill in blanks as required; we will contact you if additional information is needed.  Please bring the signed consignment agreement and your books/items into the store to the attention of our consignment coordinator, or ship them to us, to the attention of our consignment coordinator, at your own expense.  

Please do not call or try to talk in person with staff in regard to consignment issues as we are busy helping bookstore customers; an email to bookpeople at moscow.com, to the attention of our consignment coordinator, is the best way to reach us about all consignment matters. Thank you!

General Consignment Information and Guidelines

(see full details on consignment agreement)

  • BookPeople of Moscow pays authors/artists 60% of the retail price that the author/artist assigns to their items for consignment items sold. BookPeople retains 40% as sales commission.

  • Authors who participate in our consignment program who have a website, MUST provide a link to BookPeople of Moscow's website that appears first, BEFORE any link to Amazon or Barnes and Noble. No consignment book will be shelved for display in the store until this link appears on the author's website. Authors who have a Facebook page are also required to "like" BookPeople of Moscow's page, and we will reciprocate.

  • We will initially take 2 copies of each consignment title.

  • BookPeople of Moscow agrees to stock books and other items on consignment (when accepted) for a 3-month period at minimum. The consignment period can end anytime after that at our discretion, or be prolonged at our discretion. Number of copies or items sold is one factor we will take into account, but definitely not the only one. It is your responsibility to market the book and spread the word that it is available at our store; we provide shelf space for it.

  • We run sales reports for consignment items sold on a monthly basis. Every quarter of the year, BookPeople of Moscow will send any payment accrued from sales to an address that the consigner provides. Payment will be in the form of a check. If we decide to end the consignment period, we will also send back at the consigner's expense any unsold items or hold them for pick-up for 30 days. Books and artistic works that are unclaimed by the consigner after 30 days will be donated to a charity.

  • BookPeople of Moscow will only pay for items that were sold. Damaged or stolen items are the sole financial responsibility of the consigner.

  • BookPeople of Moscow is proud to carry consignment books as part of our overall inventory. As such, we hold consignment books to the same high standards as the rest of our book inventory. All consignment books must be bound with legible titles on the spines (particularly thin books are exempt). They must also be accurately proofread and free of typographical errors. They must have an official 13-digit ISBN number and scannable bar code on the back cover, and the retail price must be marked on the book. If it is not printed on the book, the copies you provide to us must have price stickers already affixed to the back cover.

  • We are great at selling books, but we don't know much about publishing them. Therefore we don't review manuscripts or offer advice on publishing manuscripts. If you're looking for information on writing a book, check out our great selection of books on writing, and for information on publishing we recommend The Writer's Market. For self-publishing, the program at Ingram Spark has much to recommend it, over CreateSpace, Lulu, or other options.

  • Whether or not your book appears for sale on our store website depends entirely on whether or not your book is listed in a books in print database such as Bowker and has an official 13-digit ISBN number. We are not able to list your book on a database for you; that is your responsibility. You can test to see if the book shows up on our website by searching for it by ISBN.