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Local Authors Q&A

Due to Covid-19 and safety concerns we will be hosting a virtual local author event January 16th at 2pm and solo local author events will be virtual until further notice. If you'd like to do a virtual solo event please make sure to read the virtual solo author event policy

 Hello local authors! Mysterious Galaxy loves being a part of our local author community and helping you connect with readers. Below are some answers to common questions that we wiwe get in regards to events and carrying books. 
 
Will Mysterious Galaxy carry my book? 
Mysterious Galaxy stocks local authors' books when they participate in one of our Local Author Meet & Greet events or when an author has a solo event. Please make sure you read about each of these options to decide which one is best for you.   
 
What is the Local Author Meet & Greet? 
Twice a year, Mysterious Galaxy hosts a local author event featuring 12-16 local authors who are self-published or published by independent presses. The event is held on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. If you are interested in doing a solo event please see “What is a Solo Local  Author Event?”
 
How do Local Author Meet & Greet events work?
Authors bring in 10 copies of one book two weeks before the event. These are sold on a reduced consignment rate. We make a display for the event featuring all participating authors’ books and promote the event on our social media and website. We ask that authors do the same and that they invite friends, family, and fans. The day of the event, each author will have 2 to 3 minutes to present their book to the audience.
 
Is there a participation fee for the Local Author Meet & Greet?
Yes.There are the two payment options for participants. Payment is due when the author delivers their books for the event via cash, check, or credit card.
Option 1: $20 fee, participation in the event & MG sells your book for the full day of the event, but then you take any unsold books with you at the end of the event. 
Option 2: $40 participation in the event & MG sells your book for the next 30 days
 
Please note, your event fee covers the costs of staffing and organizing the event, promotion on Mysterious Galaxy social media channels, & facilitation of book sales. 
 
How do I get paid for the books I sell? What percentage do I get?
For authors who choose Option 1, checks are mailed to the author 2-3 weeks after the event. For payment Option 2, or if you do a solo event, authors will be shipped their unsold books and check for sold books after the 30 days of their book being displayed. For all books sold on consignment we offer a consignment rate of 60% author and 40% store.
 
How Do I Submit My Information to Participate in an Upcoming Local Author Meet & Greet? 
Fill out the below form. Once you submit the form you'll get a follow up email with more details about the next local author meet and greet. 
 
What is a Solo Local  Author Event?
Virtual Solo Local Author Event Policy
For solo local author virtual events there is a $50 fee. This fee is waived if 8 or more of the author's books are sold. Please note that this is to help cover the costs of promoting and running the event.
For virtual events authors are required to have a conversation partner. It is the author's responsibility to provide a conversation partner for the event. In our experience, here is what makes that set up most effective! A conversation who is a fellow author or familiar with your work, comfortable on screen, and a lively conversation partner. You'll be in conversation with one another for thirty minutes and then if there are audience questions you can move into answering them.  Please be prepared to have a full 30 minute conversation and do not rely on audience questions to fill this time. 
A solo local author event is when a local, self-published author or an author published by an independent press has an event with Mysterious Galaxy for their book. For the event, Mysterious Galaxy will create an event page on our website and Facebook page, promote the event in our weekly e-newsletter and monthly in-store newsletter, promote the event on all of our social media platforms, and provide booksellers to run the event day of. Additionally the author’s book will be carried in the store for 30 days after the event. The fee for a solo event is $100. This fee is waived if 15 or more of the author’s books are sold. Please note that this is to help cover the costs of promoting and running the event. As with the fees for the Local Author Meet & Greet, please note that your fee covers the costs of staffing and organizing the event, promotion on Mysterious Galaxy social media channels, & facilitation of book sales. 
 
Additional Questions or Want to Set up a Solo Event?
Please contact our director of events Constance Summar at constance (@) mystgalaxy.com