Saturday, 7 December 2019

The Vanity Project (part 8)

Just a brief post to make that "To Ur is Human" has now sold 100 copies. That's 98 through Amazon, and two in person at the SoA conference.

Copies have been sold in the UK, USA, Germany, France and Canada. The single sale in Canada was a bargain, as the pricing converter on the publishing website failed to convert into CAD correctly and posted the price as the fx conversion rate for USD. Consequently I'm been short changed about 60p in royalties.

Amazon have corrected the problem, but they are sure I'll understand why they can't offer me compensation. I've written back to say that actually I don't understand how an organisation that makes millions of dollars a year, takes more profit out of the book than me and made the error can't find less than $1 to put their customer back in the position they should have been in the first place.

Still, what am I going to do? Go elsewhere? Amazon give me almost global reach (sorry Australia) and print/publish at a very fair price.

Anyway. 100 copies. Not going to let anything take the shine off that.

6 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the sale volume.

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  2. There is always Lulu. I've bought several of Bob Cordery's titles from that source, and, apart from a slight glitch the first time, have received good service.

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    1. I saw Bob's presentation about using Lulu at CoW a year or so back. The Amazon/KDP interface is better and you don't have any issues about getting the books up on Amazon which, regardless of what anyone thinks of them, is the biggest sales platform in the world. apart from this issue they've been fine. And should I want to sell as an ebook the Kindle conversion is really easy and more secure than pdfs. There's a lesson I've just learned about checking pricing, so I'll just be more careful in future. Luckily I'm only out of pocket by 70p.

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  3. Well done. Smart bit of marketing with the Sumerian figure.

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    1. That was the man from CP Models who suggested it. Sales through them are going pretty well, too.

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