Local Authors' Programs

Sell Your Books at Phoenix

There are lots of new options for publishing these days, and many local authors are publishing with companies that we don’t have a regular business relationship with. If this describes you, we invite you to sign up for our consignment program. Please bring up to four copies of your book in to Phoenix Books Burlington, and one of our booksellers can help you get that book on the shelf at both of our locations. This program has no up-front fee, but Phoenix Books does take 40% of the retail price.  There is some paperwork involved with this program.  Please print it, fill it out, and bring it with you when you come to Phoenix Books Burlington to register your books:
Consignment form

An Event at Phoenix

Would you like to have an event hosted at Phoenix Books Essex or Burlington? For $200, Phoenix Books will not only host your event, but publicize it as well. This fee includes:

  • Display of your book in a prominent location, in the store, with multiple copies.
  • Posters around the store and on the display announcing the event
  • An e-mail blast to all our e-newsletter mailing list
  • A Twitter announcement
  • A Facebook posting
  • An event page on our website
  • Announcements of the event to our regular media contacts
  • A listing in our monthly e-newsletter
  • A .pdf of the poster for you to send to your email list and to post around town
  • Set up for an in-store event
  • Staff support for the event
  • Sales of the book
  • Retention of three "autographed copies" after the event.

Please note:  While we will make these publicity efforts and endeavor to make your event a successful one, we can in no way guarantee an audience for your event.  In fact, we find events do best when an author reaches out to his or her own contacts, and we strongly encourage you to do so.

To Apply:  If you would like to apply for a Local Authors' Program event, please email the following materials to Colleen at Phoenix Books Essex (colleen@phoenixbooks.biz) or Tod at Phoenix Books Burlington (tod@phoenixbooks.biz):

  • A short summary of the book, along with the publisher name, ISBN, retail price, and date of publication
  • A short (1-3 sentence) author bio
  • A high def book cover image (must be a .jpg file)
  • A high def author photo (must be a .jpg file)
  • Some dates/times when you would be available to meet with Colleen or Tod to talk about the Local Authors' Program, or a phone number where Colleen or Tod can contact you to set up an appointment.

Please note that, while the cover image and author photo are optional, they must be sent to us in your initial email if you would like us to use images in your events publicity.  If you have any questions about the publicity efforts included in this program, please email Kristen at kristen@phoenixbooks.biz .

Please Note (or, Before You Publish Your Book, Please Read This)

Dear Local Authors,

You might not know that CreateSpace, a self publishing company, is wholly owned by Amazon.com - a company whose questionable business practices go beyond fair competition and instead give every appearance of hostility toward not just independent bookstores, but all bricks and mortar businesses.

We take pride in our selection of books by local authors, and we created our Local Authors’ Programs in order to enable us to carry books by local authors who have self-published. However - since we also want to do everything we can to support Vermont’s strong local economy - we have made a difficult decision: Phoenix Books will not knowingly carry any new books printed by CreateSpace, even if the book is by a local author. Also, Phoenix Books will not offer services to the authors of new books published by CreateSpace as part of a Local Authors' Program arrangement.

For more information on the reasoning behind this decision, we invite you to read this article on our website and this letter from the American Booksellers Association. Then, please feel free to contact Mike DeSanto, co-owner of Phoenix Books, with any questions or concerns about this policy and/or the pros and cons of working with Amazon.

Looking for other options?  Check out Phoenix's self-publishing program, Onion River Press. Contact info@onionriverpress.com for more information.


The Small Print

The fee for our events program must be paid in advance, cash or check accepted. Your event will be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date.  We recommend contacting us at least two full months before your preferred event date. We cannot hold a specific date for you until we've received payment. We reserve the right to adjust the schedule due to the needs of the store up to three weeks before the event or up to the day announcements are made. We reserve the right to refuse events.