The Lucky Lad
adventures in dysthymia
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Saturday, April 25, 2015
gibberish by Stephen Brooke at 9:52 AM
gibberish by Stephen Brooke at 8:08 AM
Thursday, April 16, 2015
gibberish by Stephen Brooke at 10:08 AM
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
One thing I realized when I was at Willfest last month was that I had no up-to-date business cards to hand out. To remedy this, I ordered a batch of cheap cards from Vistaprint:
Nothing special, kind of generic, and printed a little darker than I expected, but at least I have something now. I'll need to eventually order another design or two for other facets of my life/work (I have some home-made ones for my art, which are okay except for having an out-of-date phone --- decided not to put a number on these ones at all).
Incidentally, no problems with Vistaprint, cheap, quick enough for my needs, and decent quality.
gibberish by Stephen Brooke at 8:31 AM
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
My poetry/vignettes chapbook, RETELLINGS, is now available in print on Amazon and at other booksellers. Of course, it and all my titles can still be purchased directly from Arachis Press --- and I would hope you do so, as I make a much better profit there! Wouldn't you rather I get the money than Jeff Bezos?
However, we do intend to get most of the Arachis catalog into acceptable format for print distribution over the course of this year. RETELLINGS was sort of a test run to see if there would be any problems. There will have to be changes here and there, mostly little things like margins (for some reason they insist on equal margins all around the pages) or the covers.
This may mean higher prices, at least eventually. We'll see how that goes.
gibberish by Stephen Brooke at 4:18 PM
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
gibberish by Stephen Brooke at 2:10 PM
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
So, I sat down and finished the music for the 'Seventy-Seven' lyric I posted yesterday, played through it on acoustic guitar a couple times, and put it away. Maybe I'll mess with it some other day but it is, essentially, a throw-away. I've written far better stuff and I need to learn some of it and get out and play it! :)
I started the process of changing the distribution of all my books at Arachis Press this morning. Most of the ebooks are out there at Barnes&Noble, Amazon, etc, but the print editions have only been available direct. Now, I am going to try to get the print version of the chapbook 'Retellings' out to the various vendors and see how that works. But...
The profit margin compared to selling direct is tiny. I could raise my prices but I would rather not make the books more expensive. I basically have made the poetry books low profit from the start, as I do not expect to make anything from them (the novels and children's books are another matter) and see them as 'price leaders' to get folks into my other books.
What I am saying is that if this whole distribution thing looks pointless I may just abandon it and stick with the direct sales approach. We'll see how it goes.
gibberish by Stephen Brooke at 8:51 AM