Monthly Archives: April 2013

Adventures on the eBook Frontier – How Much Does Shipping Cost ????

Big lesson being learned in Bondville. It seems that, contrary to popular belief, a lot of people I know don’t really buy books online. Books or anything for that matter. Hmmmmmmm. 

Funny all that smoke and mirror reportage hooting wildly about the staggering numbers of people abandoning stores in favour of the ease of shopping online.

Who wants to make bets that Cathi will end up being her own distribution hub? A little wrinkle is that I hate the post office. 

Since the term “going postal” likely originated for a good reason, I’ve been doing a bit of research as to how much it will cost in shipping for readers to buy my book from


Spend $25.00 and it’s free. Any less and it’s time to pony up, but it’s really not all that bad.

Standard Books $2.99

Express   Books  $5.49

Priority $10.99


Also free with an order of 25 clams and up. I wonder what it is for just one? OHMYGAWD! It’s a scandalous $5.99, but wait, wait, the salesperson on the phone just told me that if I have my copy of Night Town shipped to an Indigo near you there is no charge at all.

This is very good news for those still nervous about taking the physical book store out of the shopping experience. But you still have to pay for the book online.

And prices as of April 15th? A mere $7.69 for your kobo as well as a considerable 24 % discount on the hard cover dropping the price to … $13.68

Sweet. But you still have to pay GST. ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww…Don’t blame me. Take that up with the government.


I don’t see that the Nook Version is live, but the cost of the hard copy is about the same right as it is at Indigo. $13.46

As far as shipping goes, Barnes and Noble are following Amazon and Indigo’s examples. 25 buckaroos

Standard Books $3.00

Express   Books  $3.99

Priority $12.49

This seems pretty fair to me. Tomorrow, I’m going to call and check in as to exactly when the hard copies are in stock. It should be super soon. Fingers, toes, eyeballs and knees are crossed.


PS If you’ve got any questions you want me to cess out, now’s the time. I’m still climbing up my very steep learning curve.



Adventures on the eBook Frontier – Dispatch Twenty Six

Hey there! I know it’s been more than a week, but what a week+ it’s been. The writing’s finished, but the publicity machine is slowly assembling itself around me, like a promotional exoskeleton.

Here are just a few parts of the beast, aka what publicity and press people historically have brought to the party, but are now part of the writers’ responsibilities.

First, try and get the invitation to the launch completed.  Next, try and assemble a killer email contact list for the folks who write literary reviews. 

Let me tell you, one should never scoff at the significant power of a well stocked Rolodex, painstakingly assembled by a seasoned promotional department.

Then it’s time to seek out the bloggers. I don’t know why I’m afraid of the bloggers, but I am. I think it’s likely because they don’t have bosses who can stop them from being too mean for fear of lawsuits. Because let’s face it folks, there are few things meaner than writers who decide that they don’t like another writer’s work. It’s a scary thought what they could say, and what if it went viral?

To really impress the press you so desperately need, what you need is a killer media kit. In the past I thought it was not big deal. Easy peasy to assemble one. Pah! I knew nothing.

For a good media kit you require a “can’t stop reading” synopsis, a whole bunch of “praise”, followed by a bio, pretty pictures of me (yeah like that’s a lotta fun) and the book’s cover (much easier) and then contact info for Emily Niedoba. Who thankfully is riding shotgun with me for the whole ride.

And we’re just getting ready to launch the campaign! It boggles the mind. At least my mind.

At this point in the journey I have two observations to make about the differences between the mid 20 century book business compared with the new digital model.

I’m not saying that writers can’t, and shouldn’t, be involved with the selling of their own books. There is no denying that things have changed and we need to pitch in and shill.  But somewhere in the new financial model, editing and promotion need to return to the mix. I am not an editor and I am not a publicity person. These are significant crafts, fields of expertise all until themselves.

*Abandoning them is foolhardy and not good for reading or writing.*

Until next time.