Information for Authors

Bookmarks is a literary arts organization that fosters a love of reading and writing in the community. We are happy to promote reading and writing in the Triad by working with local writers and writing groups.  

Book Inquiries  ~  Event at Bookmarks  ~  Additional Opportunities ~  Resources for Writers


If you are a local author and are interested in Bookmarks carrying your book, please review the criteria below. If you work with a publicist, you can ask them to pitch your book to Bookmarks on your behalf.  

Required criteria:

  • Its content must be pertinent to our community
     
  • It must be newly published, ideally we learn about it 2-4 months before publication
     
  • It 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. All books must have an ISBN.
     
  • We recognize that there are many places from which people can choose to buy their books, and technically all of those places are in competition with Bookmarks. However, none present such a threat to the publishing industry, authors, and especially independent bookstores as Amazon; therefore, it is Bookmarks' policy not to promote any books directly published through Amazon e.g. CreateSpace.

If your book meets the above criteria, here are our 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 –
    • Bookmarks 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.
       
    • Bookmarks will initially take 6 copies of the book and carry the book for a 6-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.
       
    • Bookmarks will only pay for books that were sold. Damaged or stolen items are the sole financial responsibility of the consignor.
       
    • If the book is only available at Ingram Book Company (otherwise not available from a publisher), it must be offered at Regular Discount, Returnable, and in stock at the PA warehouse with reasonable inventory quantity on hand.
       
    • Bookmarks reports and pays all applicable sales tax.

After reviewing these guidelines, if you would like to submit your book for consideration, please submit the following information via email to Beth Seufer Buss, Community Outreach and Bookstore Manager, at beth@bookmarksnc.org:

  • Author’s name with brief biography
  • Title, ISBN, format, and brief summary
  • Publisher, publication date, price

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

All inquiries must be made via email to Beth Seufer Buss, Community Outreach and Bookstore Manager, beth@bookmarksnc.org. We cannot accept phone calls or drop ins.  Bookmarks receives hundreds of inquiries from authors, publicists, and publishers each month and only has so much space in our new home. Due to the volume of requests, we appreciate your understanding that we must adhere to these guidelines in order to be fair to every request received.

 


 

If you are a local author and would like to have an event at Bookmarks:

  • Bookmarks hosts monthly events with Winston-Salem Writers, January through October, called 4 on 4th featuring four local authors on the fourth Wednesday of the month.  
     
  • Events will be held on the Bookmarks stage. Each author will have 15 minutes to share his/her book. Bookmarks will provide chairs, a podium on our stage, sound and the option to use our screen for any brief presentations.
     
  • We expect authors to promote their events to their friends, families, colleagues, and general audience of the authors’ books. In return, Bookmarks will do the same: promoting online and in store.
     
  • Bookmarks does not stock or hold events for books published by through Amazon, e.g. CreateSpace.
     
  • All book sales will go through Bookmarks. If your book is not regularly stocked by Bookmarks, we will sell your books on site for the event at 40/60 split. 
     
  • If you are interested in signing up for a spot for this event, please email beth@bookmarksnc.org with the following information:
    •  Author’s name with brief biography
    • Title, ISBN, format, and brief summary
    • Publisher, publication date, price

4 on 4th has been programmed through the end of 2017. We are currently accepting applications for the first quarter of 2018 until October 31, 2017.

All inquiries must be made via email to Beth Seufer Buss, Community Outreach and Bookstore Manager, beth@bookmarksnc.org. We cannot accept phone calls or drop ins.  Bookmarks receives hundreds of inquiries from authors, publicists, and publishers each month; due to the volume of requests, we appreciate your understanding that we must adhere to these guidelines in order to be fair to every request received.

     

 

Additional Opportunities
Additional opportunities exist for authors who wish to exhibit their books at our annual Festival of Books and Authors held the weekend following Labor Day in downtown Winston-Salem.

For information, visit www.bookmarksnc.org/exhibitors-vendors.


Resources for Writers

We are pleased to connect writers with the following writing groups in our community:

  • Winston-Salem Writers - Winston-Salem Writers is a group of writers who write fiction, non-fiction, plays and poetry, and who care about the arts and craft of writing. They offer programs, workshops, critique groups, open mic nights, web-based writing, contests and writers' nights out, as well as a weekly newsletter. They welcome writers and poets at any stage of their art - from beginning to published author - and they welcome non-members to their meetings, contests and newsletter.
     
  • North Carolina Writers Network -  The North Carolina Writers Network connects, promotes, and serves the writers of this state by providing education in the craft and business of writing, opportunities for recognition and critique of literary work, resources for writers at all stages of development, support for and advocacy of the literary heritage of North Carolina, and a community for those writers. 
     
  • Piedmont Writers Group - Piedmont Writers Group is devoted to aspiring writers of the Piedmont including: Martinsville, Henry County, Patrick County, Franklin County, PIttsylvania County and North Carolina. The focus of the Writers Group is to provide a forum for constructive critiquing, to offer helpful suggestions and information and to share our successes and setbacks - all the within an atmosphere of encouragement.
     
  • The Writers' Group of the Triad - The Writers' Group of the Triad offers enriching opportunities which nuture writing development, provide community exposure, and ultimately assist in their members' writing success. The best substantive and continuous resources WGOT supplies to local writers are genre-specific monthly critique group meetings where members can improve their writing skills through peer review.