Information for Authors:

The Conundrum  is now accepting “Signings on Saturdays”  submissions .  Signings on Saturdays is a monthly event in the bookstore featuring two - three local authors each month designed to familiarize our customers with new and lesser known books and authors in the area.  “Signings on Saturdays” is held January-May and September - November on the designated days listed each month. It takes place in the bookstore or, weather permitting, just out front of the shop for greater visibility with each author speaking for 5 – 10 minutes during the event and signing and talking to customers the entire time.  The bookstore is not able to provide a screen or projector for these short talks as space is not available for the screen. 

Upcoming Dates: Saturday March 23, 2019 , Saturday April 27, 2019, Saturday May 25, 2019

Requirements:

  • Authors are expected promote their event to their friends, families, colleagues, and general audience. The Conundrum will promote online and in the bookstore.

  • Author and / or book must be Louisiana or Mississippi based or have a strong tie to the local community.

  • All book sales will go through The Conundrum. If your book is not regularly stocked by The Conundrum, we will sell your books on site for the event at 40/60 split. Authors must bring copies of their books to sell at the event.

  • The Conundrum will not automatically stock the book after the event.  Please see guidelines below for information on having your book stocked at The Conundrum.

To sign up:

Send an email missy@conundrumbooks.com with the following information:

  • Author name with brief biography

  • Author location (city/state) and/or ties to the local area

  • Title, ISBN, format (binding) , and brief summary

  • Publisher, publication date, price

Please note that due to the high volume of inquiries that The Conundrum receives, we cannot accept phone calls or drop-ins related to this event. All inquiries and submissions must be made via email.

 

For local authors who are interested in The Conundrum carrying their book(s):

Requirements:

  • Book content must be pertinent to our community

  • Book must be newly published, ideally we learn about it 2-4 months before publication

  • Book must be packaged properly. We look at price, writing and editing quality, cover design, binding, and the general quality of packaging. No spiral binding or blank spines will be accepted.  No paperback children’s books will be accepted.  All books must have an ISBN

  • Due to limited space, we require consignments to be about the area or written by Louisiana or Mississippi based authors or authors with a strong tie to the local community

Non-Negotiable Purchasing Terms:

  • If your book’s publisher is someone we do not regularly work with, we will take the book on Consignment.

  • Consignment is a 60/40 split –

    • The Conundrum takes your book at a 40% discount. We pay you 60% of sales. We monitor sales daily and will contact you if we sell out. We will pay for the books sold before taking new stock.

    • The Conundrum will initially take 3 copies of the book and carry the book for a 3-month period. At the end of the consignment period, you may pick up any unsold books and any payment due. Bookmarks will donate or destroy any books left that are not picked up by the author 30 days after the end of the consignment period.

    • The Conundrum will only pay for books that were sold. Damaged or stolen items are the sole financial responsibility of the consignor.

    • The Conundrum reports and pays all applicable sales tax.

Please note that we are not currently accepting consignment for paperback children's picture books.

After reviewing these guidelines, if you would like to submit your book for consideration, please submit the following information via email to Missy Couhig at missy@conundrumbooks.com

  • Author’s name with brief biography

  • Author location (city/state) and any book location setting or other ties to the local area

  • Title, ISBN, format (binding)  and brief summary

  • Publisher, publication date, price

If your request is approved, The Conundrum will request a nonreturnable copy of your book for further review. 

Please note that due to the high volume of inquiries that The Conundrum receives, we cannot accept phone calls or drop-ins related to book sales. All inquiries and submissions must be made via email.