FAQ

Are You A Publisher?

No. Well. Not really. In any case, we don’t accept submissions.

Will You Sell My Stuff?

Maybe! Here’s what we’re looking for right now: books by and about underrepresented populations. For example, writers like Cassandra Khaw, C.B. Lee, Ijeoma Oluo, and Mariko Tamaki. If you think you have something that good, send us a query! (See form below)

What Is Your Return Policy?

No returns are accepted at this time, sorry.  There may be case by case exceptions, but mostly: no.

Are You Paid For Your Recommendations?

Only in the sense that if you buy something from the shop, the money goes towards our bills.

Why Are Your Prices So High? (or, The Cover Price Is Lower!)

Our prices are based on a markup that will let us at least break even at most conventions. We keep our stock until it sells. It never gets returned, never debits against an author’s earnings. 

Used books are great, but they don’t give anything back to the author, so we don’t sell those. We sell signed and unsigned copies for the same price, and if you see us at a convention, we’ll frequently offer extras or discounts on multiple item purchases.

If you need a cheaper copy, we understand! Please consider visiting your local library; they’ll definitely benefit from the traffic, and the author will get more notice that way as well.

Why is the Shipping So High?!

Because shipping, even with our standard method of media mail, is expensive. Some of these books are kind of heavy! We decided on a flat rate of $3 per order and $2 per book as a way of averaging out the overall cost on our end.

There are some options for reducing that rate; you can opt for a local pickup at Retro Daddio’s in Williamsburg, VA; you can contact us about other meet-and-deliver option in the Hampton Roads area; you can arrange to pick up your purchase at a convention where TSL has a table; or you can watch for one of our “reduced shipping extravaganzas”.


Please tell us your question below! TSL will answer as quickly as possible, and add both the Q & the A to the list above.

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