Self-Published Author Guidelines

Congratulations on publishing a book! As a service to Sacramento area self-published authors, Capital Books offers a consignment sales program as a 60/40 split of any book sales (you keep 60%, and we retain 40%).

While we would love to be able to accept every self-published book, we don’t have the space or staff resources to accept all indie-published books.

Capital Books defines “self-published” as any author who has paid (or otherwise arranged) to have their work printed, either personally or through a professional self-publish.

 

Our Definition of a Self-Published Book

ing service, such as Amazon Kindle Direct, Xlibris,  or Lulu. Authors who start their own publishing companies to publish their own writing are considered self-published. Books published by small presses that don’t distribute their books through Ingram or Baker & Taylor with normal bookseller terms (40% discount and returnable) are also considered self-published.

Please read the following guidelines:

  • Your book must have been professionally produced? Was the cover designed by a graphics professional? Was it copy edited by a professional?
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  • Your book should have received at least three book reviews from a professional review organization (e.g., not your friends/family). If you need assistance with finding reputable review companies, we can refer you to some.
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  • Must refer your followers to Capital Books, instead of Amazon, to purchase your book from your website and social media. We ship anywhere in the U.S.
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  • Understand that Capital Books will not market your book or put up posters or bookmarks for it.
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  • An ISBN must be assigned to the book and printed on the back cover.
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  • The book must be priced comparably to other titles of its size and genre.
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  • The book must be distributed by Ingram offer a full 40% discount and be returnable.
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  • The book may not contain any racist, sexist, homophobic, or overtly dogmatic content.
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  • We don’t accept authors who refer readers to competitor bookstores and online retailers on the acknowledgment page, or anywhere else within the bound pages of the book. This includes bookmarks.

 

Please understand that books that do not meet all the guidelines above will not be considered.

 

Submission Guidelines

  • Set up an appointment to meet with us and show us your book. Email info@capitalbooksonk.com.
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  • If your book is accepted for consignment sale, we will contact you by email to confirm our consignment terms. Authors must agree to the following terms:
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    • Authors must list Capital Books as a retail location prominently on their website and marketing materials. The more you encourage your readers to come into our store, the more your book will sell here! The initial consignment period is three months.
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    • Due to space limitations, we will accept only two copies to start with. If your book sells at least one copy during that period, Capital Books may choose to extend that period for an additional three-month period until all copies have sold. Once all copies have sold, Capital Books will contact you regarding restock and issue you a check for 60% of the retail cost of each book.
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    • If your book fails to sell during its first or any subsequent consignment period—or if Capital Books wishes to return your books for any other reason—we will contact you to issue you a check for any sold copies and return your unsold books. Authors are responsible for all return shipping costs, and Capital Books is not responsible for any loss or damages incurred in the returns process. If you fail to make arrangements for pick-up or return of your books in four weeks, they will be donated.

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