adventures in dysthymia

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Distribution

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.

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