Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Who needs critics with publishers like this?
An independent bookseller I know landed a major bestselling author for a rare in-store signing. He got the word out, took advance phone and internet orders for signed copies, and called his sales rep at the publisher to make sure the books would reach him in plenty of time.
“You’ve ordered 450 copies,” the rep told him. “I’m afraid we can only ship you 200.”
Why, for God’s sake? Hadn’t they printed enough?
“No, it’s policy,” he was told. “Two hundred books is our maximum order. We can’t take the chance of huge returns, or credit problems.”
“But the copies are sold,” the store owner said. “I’ve got prepaid orders for them, and I’ll pay in advance myself, and take them from you on a non-returnable basis. There’s no risk, and there won’t be any returns, and that’s 450 copies of a $30 book at the usual 40% off, which makes it an $8100 cash order. So what’s the problem?”
He got nowhere.
Via InstaPundit, Great Moments in Contemporary Publishing | LB's BLOG
You know, twenty years ago forgoing a publisher for the “self-publisher” route was a sign of vanity on the part of the writer. But these days?
These days, I'm thinking your better off avoiding the traditional publishers, as they seem to be tripping themselves into oblivion.