Yesterday, I got author's copies of my newest book, Woodworker's Pocket
Reference (Fox Chapel, May 2005), ISBN 1-56523-239-9. You can get off
Amazon or order direct from Fox Chapel (www.foxchapelpublishing.com).
It's a bit shorter than I'd have liked but the editors and design
people did a great job: apron pocket size, spiral binding, heavy duty
paper and even heavier covers.
None of the traditional woodworking outlets seem to have it yet, at
last copy, and after this, it's pay up time. Of course, I get a
discount, but then the mailing and envelopes and the fact I live 10
miles from where all the supplies are and...
If I knew a couple dozen people wanted it signed, I could order some
copies, stock up on envelopes and try to figure my break even point,
but there's no way on earth I can match Amazon's price.
If you get enough request you can put me on the list for an autographed
copy. With a "Genuine autographed copy!" you don't have to compete with
Amazon. If you get enough requests figure out what the cost would be
ping me on the back channel (email below is real on this post) and I'll
drop a check in the mail.
Pretty sad that Amazon can sell cheaper than the author can buy them.
How about you take names, and if the quantity seems worth it, we send you
the money up front. You won't get stuck that way as we pay full price to get
Not really that bad. I'd guess that Amazon orders in quantities I don't
even have room to stack, so gets the maximum discount.
Let's try this: I think the envelopes cost me about 75 cents each. Book
rate mail should be fairly low, under two bucks, so I'll send
autographed copies for $16.50, which leaves me a bit for my time doing
labels, and doesn't gouge you guys too badly. I think.
If you're interested, email me, and if the list gets long enough (say
at least a dozen), I'll order the books and post a note here as to when
they're due in. Then, y'all can send checks and I'll send the books as
soon as they arrive...I'll try to find out how long that will be, too.
Remember, book rate tends to take at least a week, sometimes two, to
On 21 May 2005 02:07:21 -0700, the inscrutable "Charlie Self"
If my sister (herbologist and now N.D., book monger) is any
indication, book dealers (and anyone purchasing a volume of 10 or more
books per title) generally get a 50+% discount. With Amazon, any order
over $25 ships free, so your costs would be minimal, Charlie, and they
may give you an even better discount as the author.
Ping me offline, sil vous plait.
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