Print on Demand Wars… Some Things You Should Know

Print on Demand Wars… Some Things You Should Know

Not too far back, we were invited into Amazon’s KDP Print system, which integrated our print and paperback books. There were issues at first, and continue to be some, but overall it’s been great because it simplifies our print on demand publishing, and the reporting is just like eBooks. Very smooth, very nice, and the Amazon cut to the author, 60%, is good, allowing for reasonable pricing. At first there was mostly just US distribution, and the books were only available at Amazon.com … also, when they first started out there was no way to order copies at an author discount.

Currently the only remaining issue, for me, is that they do not print in Canada, and until they do, for me to ship to our authors up there, I have to use Lightning Source. It would also be nice if they offered hardcovers, but that’s probably down the line, and is not a factor that is costing us sales.

I’ll start with why I don’t want to use Lightning Source any longer.  As a sort of power user, I don’t have to pay a setup fee… we can upload hardcovers and trade paperbacks without cost and make them available all over. The problem is, that free setup is where it ends. If we need to make a change to the cover? $40. If we need to change the interior? $40. Every year, just to keep the title live in their system, it costs $12, and yes, few enough people buy most of our print editions that this erases profit. In all our years of publishing print editions at Lightning Source, we have not made more than a couple of hundred dollars in profit. It would be great to be distributed through them to bookstores, but you have to be realistic. To get distribution through Ingram, you have to give them 50% off the cover price and accept returns.  That is the death knoll for a small press. I have no way to warehouse, or inclination to do so, and the overhead of holding royalties against returns, along with the rest of pretending to be a NYC publisher would very simply put us out of business.  So what we have to do is offer a discount large enough that Amazon and B&N and other online stores will carry the books and use it (mostly) as a place to buy books at a discount for our authors to take to signings.  Independent bookstores for all their hollering about how we need to support them will not order direct from us without returns, in most cases, though we offer a good discount if they will.  On top of these costs and difficulties, Amazon does crazy things with availability of books from Lightning Source. They will call them out of stock, put delay messages up, let them disappear, or promote third party sellers first and make people click through levels to get to the actual buy link.  Amazon has never played fair, but then, it’s a business… not a game.

Amazon KDP offers free setup as well. I can make changes every day and never pay a dime, cover and interior.  The books can ship directly to UK authors, German authors, etc. from their own respective Amazon versions … the discount for authors is good, and as the “author” for all of our books, I can pass that good discount on to my own authors, as well as pricing books reasonably.  As of today I noticed that there is also “expanded distribution” as there is in Create Space… a simple click makes it available through distribution, though there is no vehicle that I see for promoting it to those other markets / outlets, the continued growth of the system makes me believe that in time there may well be. They are quick at Amazon to link the proper editions together if they are also the printer of said edition, and no games are played with availability – shipping is quick and reliable.

We initially believed we could get books to the Barnes and Noble brick and mortar stores by putting the print editions in both systems (No reason you can’t do this – same ISBN number, same Edition, they are the printer, not the publisher ) but with the regulations (noted below) preventing 99% of the Nook Press books from ever seeing a brick and mortar store, and the likelihood that they are going to try and distribute to Amazon and cause multiple versions… we are rolling back until we have more info. We currently have two books in both systems and intend to see if those authors are able to get their local store to order books for a signing.  As of this moment, though, KDP is the best option.

Nook Press also has a very similar system – which DOES allow for hardcover books – and also allows for wider distribution than just their own webstore. It also allows authors or customers to order a copy of the print book and pick it up at their local store. Their royalty and discount is smaller, and this means you have to price your book higher to get the same profit. They may or may not sell to Amazon.com but if they do you will be on Amazon with the same issues as you get with Lightning Source.  Amazon will make availability inconsistent, prices will be higher… delays in shipping will occur. Third party sellers will show up higher than your new edition…not optimal. There is the promise of the POSSIBILITY of getting your book into B&N stores (you have to be an author who has sold 1000 copies of an eBook on B&N to do this… a rarity in my experience) and you would THINK you could order books for local signings, but no… not unless you are one of the (also rare) authors with 500 sales of a single eBook through Nook.  While this sounds great, it’s a road to disappointment. Of the big markets for eBooks, Barnes and Noble falls WAY below Amazon, and doesn’t compete well with Apple, for that matter. Selling 1000 books at Barnes and Noble might be possible with the right promotion, a well-timed Bookbub for instance, but it would be during a period you sold 5000 across Amazon markets…  To be fair, I understand they would be inundated without their rule, but without flexibility at least for signings, it’s seeming as if the Nook Press system may prove little more than a shadowy version of the KDP Print system, and not of much use.

I hope sharing this clears up some questions for authors and publishers considering print. We spent a lot of time, money and sweat gathering all of this information, but happy to share it in the hope is might help someone.

David Niall Wilson

Crossroad Press

.99 Mystery & Thriller Sale – 25 Titles

.99 Mystery & Thriller Sale – 25 Titles

SALE IS ON AMAZON US ONLY – SORRY – The Links on the left are to ALL editions of the books – if you choose Amazon from the Dropdown after 11:00 AM on Wednesday, 13 June 2018 you will find the .99 Deal.

Crossroad Press currently has over four hundred titles in the Amazon Kindle Unlimited program. From now, until those titles go back into full distribution, we are going to run a series of .99 Countdown deal sales.  Our first is Mysteries and Thrillers.  Twenty-five books you can get for less than a dollar each.  The titles and authors for this first deal are listed below, along with the link to the title both in the Crossroad Press store (because some are also available in Audio and print editions)  If you buy a book that has an audiobook edition, the .99 eBook qualifies you to buy the audio at the companion “Whispersync for voice” discount and can save you even more.I will also include the link directly to Amazon.

Target Blue                                                By Richard Abshire & William Clair – .99 on Amazon
Claw Hammer                                           By Paul Dale Anderson – .99 on Amazon
The Heist                                                   By Michael A. Black – .99 on Amazon
Head Case                                                By Jay Bonansinga  – .99 on Amazon
The Hotel Dick                                           By Axel Brand – .99 on Amazon
Sins of the Flash                                        By David Niall Wilson  – .99 on Amazon
Even the Butler Was Poor                          By Ron Goulart – .99 on Amazon
Blood is Pretty                                            By Steven Paul Leiva – .99 on Amazon
Blood Diamonds                                         By Bill Pronzini – .99 on Amazon
Better Mousetraps & Other Stories             By John Lutz – .99 on Amazon
The Crystal Skull                                         By Rob MacGregor- .99 on Amazon
Beating the Bushes                                     By Marthayn Peligrimas – .99 on Amazon
The Blackguards                                         By Richard Murphy with David Niall Wilson- .99 on Amazon
Terror at Boulder Dam                                 By Mike Newton – .99 on Amazon
Sorrow’s Crown                                           By Tom Piccirilli – .99 on Amazon
Indefinite Renewal                                       By Aaron Rosenberg – .99 on Amazon
A Good Death                                              By Philip Ross – .99 on Amazon
The Holy Terror                                            By Wayne Allen Sallee – .99 on Amazon
Cold Night                                                    By Al Sarrantonio – .99 on Amazon
Bullets of Rain                                              By David J. Schow – .99 on Amazon
Dangerous Curves                                       By Judith Skillings – .99 on Amazon
Cold Day in Hell                                            By Roger Dale Trexler – .99 on Amazon
Midnight Eyes                                               By Sidney Williams – .99 on Amazon
Defenders of the Faith                                  By Chet Williamson – .99 on Amazon 
The Witch and the Borscht Pearl                  By Angela Zeman – .99 on Amazon

 

Congratulations to Crossroad Press Authors & Narrators 2018 ABR Award Nominees

Congratulations to Crossroad Press Authors & Narrators 2018 ABR Award Nominees

A number of Crossroad Press audiobooks are nominated for the ABR first annual Audiobook Listeners Choice Awards… Details below. Congratulations to our authors and narrators, and please, if you want to support Crossroad Press – it’s a listener’s choice award.  Go… listen… vote. You can vote more than once (details below) Beneath those details you will find our nominated books.

“Winners to be honored at the HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction & Arts Festival in Kansas City, MO on June 8th hosted by internationally acclaimed comedienne, award-winning audiobook narrator and bestselling author, Alison Larkin.

Audiobook Reviewer (ABR) has announced finalists for the 1st annual Audiobook Listeners Choice Awards competition, the premier awards program in the United States recognizing distinction in independently published audiobooks and spoken word entertainment. Winners will be revealed at HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction & Arts Festival on June 8, 2018. The awards ceremony will be completed with a celebration cocktail party and award medallions and christened by internationally acclaimed comedienne, award-winning audiobook narrator and bestselling author, Alison Larkin.” –>Read the Full Details at the ABR HOMEPAGE… and VOTE!

Within These Walls – by Rev. Carroll Pickett & Carlton Stowers – Narrated by Tom Pile in the Biography / Autobiography / Memoir Category:

Clock of Dreams –  by Brian Lumley – Narrated by Simon Vance in the Fantasy Category

  • Clock of Dreams
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Series: Titus Crow, Book 3
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Release date: 01-16-17
  • 22 ratings

 

The Rising – by Brian Keene – Narrated by Joe Hempel in the Horror Category

 

The Tower of Zhaal – by C. T. Phipps – Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer in the Horror Category

Straight Outta Fangton – by C. T. Phipps – Narrated by Cary Hite in the Humor Category

  • Straight Outta Fangton
  • A Comedic Vampire Story
  • By: C. T. Phipps
  • Narrated by: Cary Hite
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Release date: 08-28-17

 

Lucifer’s Star – by C. T. Phipps & Michael Suttkus – Narrated by Eric Burns

 

GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU!

 

January Update from Crossroad Press New Authors & Books!

January Update from Crossroad Press New Authors & Books!

To say that January has been a busy month would be among the more serious understatements of the new year. Crossroad Press is welcoming a wealth of new authors, as well as launching NECON PRESENTS – a Category of the store that will be much more than just that – drawing together the works of authors who have attended one of the most iconic conventions of all time – Camp Necon… but rather than go on about all the work we’ve been doing, let’s get straight to the updates, because there are a pile of them.

We have new eBooks from a number of authors, and since we added multiple titles for each of them, I’m going to provide links to their author page in our online store, rather than to every individual book.  From those pages you can purchase their eBooks from Amazon, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords and Barnes & Noble (depending on availability).  Some are still in the process of being loaded to a few of the sites, and others are in Kindle Unlimited and only available at Amazon. All available options can be found by clicking the links below:

Tim Waggoner  / Tim Curran  Aaron Gudmunson   /  Sara St. John Raymond Van Over  /  Eric Shapiro  /  Duncan McGeary  /  Stephen Weiner  /  Seth Sorkowsky  /  Lisa Von Biela  /  Ray Garton  /  David Hambling  /  P. D. Cacek  /  William Meikle  /  Thomas Tessier  Elizabeth Massie Dan Foley  /  Trish & Rob MacGregor 

We have three new print editions for January (so far)

GEMINGA – by Melvon Litton – a very strange dark fantasy, bizarre romp through creation mythology

Mountain of Daggers –  Book One of the Tales of the Raven- by Seth Sorkowsky – epic fantasy stories based on the thief Ahren

Temporary Hauntings – by Craig Shaw Gardner – Book II in the Tempoarary Magic series (Book III coming soon in print and available now in eBook formats)

And finally – new audio.  Three titles have gone live so far in January : Remember – Audio prices on our site are full retail – when you order through Audible.com – if you are a member, they are one credit. If it is your first audiobook with Audible, it’s free. If you own, or buy the eBook you will get a discount on most titles through their “Whispersync for Voice” feature.

     Barracuda Final Bearing – A Submarine Thriller by Michael DiMercurio – Narrated by Joseph Courtemanche.

 A Quail in the Family – by William Plummer – narrated by Pete Ferrand – a family’s adventures with an adopted quail…

Wynfield’s Kingdom – by M. J. Neary – Narrated by Tony Cleary – a Tale of the London Slums…

Keep checking back at the store for new titles – search through the author’s pages, and the many categories… spread the word, and tell your friends to sign up for our Newsletter – it’s on the right hand side of every product page and at the top of all the website pages… Until next time… GOOD READING!

Holiday Print Edition Sale Underway – 650+ products live in store

Holiday Print Edition Sale Underway – 650+ products live in store

All of the Print editions are back on sale at 40% off until the 31st of December… Use coupon code XmasSale to receive 40% off any purchase of print books at the site.  Find our Print Editions HERE.

The rebuild of the online store continues. We have more than 650 of our products live, and more going up daily… Come back to the store often… pick up some books to read for the holidays… and please share the links…..and this newsletter.

I promise we will not bother you often.  As soon as I figure out a way to put some eBooks on sale for the holidays, I will do so, but we don’t sell them directly in the store…. the reviews and sales are important to our authors on the major retail sites.

The New Store Continues to Grow 450 Plus Titles

The New Store Continues to Grow 450 Plus Titles

THE NEW STORE IS GROWING

As I load all of the books we’ve published one by one, I’m remembering the circumstances behind each – remembering why I love the people, and the books. For a very long time we’ve sort of rolled along, and I now feel as if I’ve done a disservice by not putting a store like this together sooner – I want to share some of the books, and the stories.  I’ll be doing a lot of this in my own blog, because these posts – and this newsletter – are meant for sharing and promotion. I hope you will all do that – I hope if you are receiving this, you want to – please believe that we will never spam anyone, we just want you to know about all the words, and stories, audiobooks and more… if you know others  who would be interested, please let them know.

Notable additions to the site this week include the works of New York Times Bestselling Author William Bayer – his Janek novels were made into TV movies (and the first of them, SWITCH, I caught being referenced on an episode of Castle a couple of years ago).  His Kay Farrow novels, and the foreign detective series are amazing books, and his novel Hiding in the Weave a mystery set in a private school, along with City of Knives – the latest in his series of novels about foreign detectives – are Crossroad Press originals – published by us first… and we need to get that word out.  He’s an amazing author.

Also original to us and available among all of his other works are the three books of Craig Shaw Gardner’s TEMPORARY MAGIC series … he’s funny, he’s clever, and these books will bring a serious smile. They are original to Crossroad Press…

That’s enough for one short note, but I want to leave you with some links.  We have listed a lot of AUDIOBOOKS in the store …. we have over a hundred of the 400 titles we have in Kindle Unlimited live here… our print books are 20% off if bought through our site (if you see one not marked for sale let me know… I figured out how to do it after some of the print books were already on the site).

And don’t forget that all of the Stargate eBooks are available for direct order…

David Niall Wilson

CEO / Publisher – Crossroad Press

Crossroad Press 40% off Print Editions Code BlackFriday

Crossroad Press 40% off Print Editions Code BlackFriday

We are a little over 200 books into the rebuild of the store, and many of these books have print editions, some hardcovers, and some trade paperbacks. More than 50 of those books are listed currently on the site, and from now until Sunday at midnight, you can buy our print editions for 40% off cover price.  The books included in the sale are listed under the print books category:

FIND THEM HERE USE CODE: BlackFriday  at checkout to save 40%!

We will also be creating a SALE category. Books listed there will be small quantities we have on hand for one reason or another, some books from other publishers and signed, limited editions, all at bargain prices. While you are on the site, check out the rest of the books – there are links to all your favorite eBook retailers for each, as well as audiobook links, bios and pages for each author and narrator, and more.

Ronald Kelly – First Author completely live in the New Store

Ronald Kelly – First Author completely live in the New Store

Rebuilding our entire store is an astronomically large project.  We have just about 150 products added back in, and now we are starting to add them in chunks. We have just added all of the products for author Ronald Kelly – who has a number of horror novels, collections, and a young adult novel with us. I’m writing this post, and will continue to write them as time permits, to show the look and feel of what we are doing. Any product that has a print edition you will be able to purchase here at our store.  Any book with eBook editions, with the exception of the Stargate novels which you can buy directly from our store, will have links to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iTunes, Kobo and Smashwords (or as many of those as the book is available at) as well as an Audible.com link for audioooks.  Categories now include Kindle Unlimited so that if a customer is signed up for Amazon’s  Kindle Unlimited program, they can find which books of ours are enrolled in that program.  Right now there are over 400 of our 1600 or so titles in Kindle Unlimited… including our popular O.C.L.T. series and Paul Dale Anderson’s Instruments of Death forensic crime series.

All of the Stargate novels are live, all of Ronald Kelly, and a good sampling of other titles can now be purchased through our site, using Paypal or Stripe for Credit Card purchases.  Check it out!  Let us know what you think.

And Check out Ronald Kelly’s Author Category to see what is in store…multiply that times about 180 and we’re there!

New Website – New Store – Growing up…

New Website – New Store – Growing up…

We have been in need of this facelift for a very long time… Crossroad Press has grown well beyond the tiny dream I once had for it, and become a force in digital publishing, digital audio, as well as producing a growing print catalog. I am going to have to ask readers, customers, and authors to be patient with me. There are around 1600 titles in our catalog… nearly 180 authors. Each product and author has an entry in the store.  I started by making all of the Stargate eBooks available, because, frankly those are the only eBooks anyone regularly buys here at our site, and we have an obligation to the wonderful folks at Fandemonium for trusting us with digital distribution for their books.

Next up will be the books that are either original to Crossroad Press – or that we have done print editions of. I want a good place for people to find and buy our books. I will be adding features like the chance to have any of them autographed by the author … this will require a fee just to ship the book to the author and on to customers, but should add a personal touch. There will be sales and coupons galore.  Each product in the store will have links to audible.com for audiobooks, and to all of the retailers that we use for eBook distribution, as well as direct buy links for print editions.  Each author will have their own drop page, and you can see the bare-bones start of that by clicking this image:

 

 

 

If you are WordPress savvy and (in particular) have experience with Woo Commerce and would like to help with the build, let me know at publisher@crossroadpress.com.

Onward into the future!

New for April – eBook, Print, Audio!

New for April – eBook, Print, Audio!

As usual, it’s been a busy month at Crossroad Press.  We have several new releases that we hope you will enjoy. eBooks first!

Gideon’s Curse – David Niall Wilson – Dark historical fantasy – eBook and trade paperback through Amazon. Crossroad Press Original – 1st Edition.

Killer’s Diary – Brian Pinkerton – Thriller / Suspense

Anatomy of Evil – Brian Pinkerton – Psychological Thriller

Gothic Lovecraft – Edited by Lynne Jamneck and S. T. Joshi – Lovecraftian themed Gothich tales by contemporary fantasists.

Dead Time – Richard Lee Byers – Horror

A Strange and Savage Garden – Tim Waggoner – Dark Fantasy / Horror

Barracuda Final Bearing – Michael DiMercurio – Military Thriller

The Flying Boy of Calhoun County, Tennessee: A Tale from the Fringe of Reality  – David Wallechinsky – Literary fantasy – Crossroad Press Original 1st Edition.

Wolf’s Trap – W. D. Gagliani – Horror / Dark Fantasy

CROSSROAD PRESS UNABRIDGED AUDIO FOR APRIL!

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CROSSROAD PRESS NEW IN PRINT!

These titles have been published in trade paperback through the Amazon KDP program. They are available (currently) only at Amazon.com:

The Dark Servant – Matt Manochio – Horror

Gideon’s Curse – David Niall Wilson – Horror (1st Edition)

The Tower of Zhaal – Book 2 of the Cthulhu Armageddon Series – by C. T. Phipps – Post Apocalyptic Dark Fantasy

Still Lake – By Sara Brooke – Horror

Sleepwalker – by Michael Laimo – Horror