Kevin has a compulsive need to comment on everything and to
be rude into the bargain. Fortunately I have never had to take his advice on
anything and still manage to sell books; something he does not do very well. He
needles, and irritates - no doubt his desired outcomes - but is best ignored
Ron Miller said:While I am at it, I might as well mention that $15 is exorbitant for a 32-page book. The high cost is the result of including color images within the book. Instead of making the book a clumsy and overlarge 8.5 x 8.5 inches a more standard 6 x 9 size had been selected, with B&W pages, the unit cost per book would be less than $2, about one-quarter that of the larger size with color images. Adding exactly the same mark-up, the cost to the reader would be only about $9, rather than $15.$15 is indeed way too much for a 32 page book, 6x9 isn't much different for full color. If one wants to make any profit beyond LULU for distribution to other companies it has to have the markup. I agree who in their right mind would buy a 32 page book for $15. I'm almost embarrassed to see the prices of my books...and my profit is very tiny, less than $1. Due to the high cost of an all colored interior it almost makes it impossible to have an affordable children's book unless you buy at cost for yourself and sell it yourself through other avenues. IE: my 6x9 children's full color book is set at $14 ..profit from other avenues outside of Lulu is only 32 cents. If I asked for any less I would be giving it away.Seems at this point in time e-books are more lucrative than print for children's books.
I'm hoping that it would indeed be easier to get them to agree to promote it in that way if it's myself providing the bits and bobs. It feels a little vain but if it helps!I can't believe I'd never thought of that but I noticed when out yesterday that most local interest/history books in shops around me are stacked in this way - even in the supermarkets.Absolutely agree that by the time people get home they're more likely to use Amazon (book went live on there yesterday *happy dance*) but I wonder how WS use the cards, whether they ask people to drop them back in? are they on a freepost postcard? are they filled out then and there based on first impressions? Are people sitting in the children's section reading it and reviewing it straight away? I've never seen these cards in action and need to investigate! In terms of my existing reviewers I have around 40-50 people currently reading the e-book for free so they can leave a review somewhere online (where ever takes their fancy and if more than one place then great!) and any of my pre-orders could potentially leave a review too. Surely that's got to be the best type of advertising! Not to mention that anyone that feels strongly enough to leave a positive review is likely to recommend it to friends too and currently it doesn't appear unless you search the exact title or my name. Once again, this brings me onto a whole new question - I understood that if I searched the ISBN on google it would show me everywhere the book was listed, I've been doing this daily and nothing came up (except lulu) but I was on amazon yesterday and just decided to manually check and there it was! I know they don't email or notify you when it goes up but it is a pity that a google search (by name or ISBN) doesn't show that it's on Amazon. Will this be the case with any other places the book is listed?
The fact that your books are not carried in bricks and
mortar stores has absolutely nothing to do with the Lulu ISBNs and everything
to do with the fact that you are engaged in self publishing. Firstly, traditional
publishers offer large discounts to bookstores - typically 30 to 50 % - and
secondly, any book that does not sell can be returned to the publisher. Self
published authors cannot compete with this. It is wholly inaccurate to say that
the problem is down to Lulu ISBNs. Even if you bought your own ISBN the situation
would be as it is now.
I don't expect Kevin to understand the subtly of this
argument - he is too keen to fire off a riposte, and feed his need to post as
much as possible, to fully comprehend what is being said - but some others might
benefit from this.