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Jun 9, 2017 11:24 AM

Newbie author seeking wisdom and direction

When doing a book-signing at a public library, is it customary to pay the library a portion of your proceeds? What about other venues, i.e. coffee shops, tea shops, etc.?

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1. Jun 9, 2017 11:44 AM in response to: 4Mom2C
Re: Newbie author seeking wisdom and direction

No, a public library would provide this as a public service.

 

Coffee/tea shops would vary. Many would expect you to bring in traffic they wouldn't otherwise get (and those people would likely buy coffee/tea and stay for your presentation/reading and signing), so that would be their only compensation. However, there are other cases in which commercial codes or laws for that jurisdiction may require the shop to handle all sales conducted on the premises/property -- in which case, they'd be selling the books (and collecting, reporting, and remitting sales tax), not you, and they would expect a percentage of the list price.

 

Similarly, if you were leaving books behind at the shop (after your signing) to be sold on consignment, then yes, the shop would get a percentage of the list price. The standard retail (trade) discount for books is 40% of the list price, but you may be able to negotiate and reduce that, depending on the other terms of the arrangement.

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