Last, but not least, we have our top-selling paperbacks for 2019. We don’t have a lot of hardcovers, so we’re skipping that this year, but paperbacks we’ve got. I have to say, for all the “I hate digital, I only like the feel of paper, will it be coming out in print? I only buy print books” comments that I find it odd how few print books actually do well. I can tell you without doubt that – had sales already been reported on F. Paul Wilson’s The Last Christmas, it would have been topping this list, and on all of our top 25 lists, so next year I suspect will be the year of Repairman Jack… I’m happy to present a very diverse list here of the top 25 Trade Paperback titles for Crossroad Press in 2019!
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
Print editions of our books continue to be a conundrum. Nearly every time we post about a new digital book, dozens of folks say – will there be a print edition? Then, after the hours and hours of extra labor to make it so (and expense per year per title to keep them live) no one buys them. Very seriously – the numbers are staggeringly low. Most of our sales go to the authors themselves for sales at conventions… independent stores want to buy through the distributor, but we can’t offer 50 to 55% off cover price without pricing them ridiculously high, and we would go out of business if we accepted returns. We have begun moving our trade paperbacks to the new Amazon KDP print program, which will work out much better all around… That said – we DID sell books in print last year. Big winner on fiction is Jack Ketchum – and you’ll note that occult and metaphysical non-fiction titles rule the rest of the list… I give you the top 15 selling print book titles from Crossroad Press (with links to Amazon because although I have loaded 1100 books of our 1500 plus into the new store, not all of these are among them so far… onward into 2018!
- ESP Wars: East & West by Edwin C May, Victor Rubel, Joseph W McMoneagle, and Loyd Auerbach
- The Great Apparitions of Mary: An Examination of Twenty-Two Supranormal Appearances by Ingo Swann
- Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital by Sylvia Shults
- The Ultimate Time Machine by Joseph McMoneagle
- Vermont’s Haunts: Tall Tales and True from the Green Mountain State by Joseph A. Citro
- Stranglehold by Jack Ketchum
- Everyone Dies in the End by by Brian Katcher
- The Stargate Chronicles: Memoirs of a Psychic Spy by Joseph McMoneagle
- The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics by David Wallechinsky and Jaime Loucky
- The Crossings: A Terrifying Novel of the Old West by Jack Ketchum
- Closing Time and Other Stories by Jack Ketchum
- Mind Trek by Joseph McMoneagle
- Miraculous Journey by Anne and Whitley Strieber
- Temporary Hauntings by Craig Shaw Gardner
- Trumped!: The Inside Story of the Real Donald Trump-His Cunning Rise and Spectacular Fall by John R. O’Donnell & James Rutherford
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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Onward into the future!
New for 2016, we have Melissa Scotts “LOST QUEEN” – Stargate SGX-04 – a brand new set of eight vampire novels for one low price, and a run of eBay auctions to clear out some of the stock we’ve bought in the past to take to conventions … lots of exciting things coming up this new year…
WATCH FOR OUR EBAY AUCTIONS – We’ll be selling off a lot of print editions with low starting bids! Good luck!
Told from the point of view of the Wraith, this novella sees the Atlantis team called upon to help find a missing Wraith queen, lost on a plague-ridden world.
But the shifting tides of trust and mistrust among the Wraith and between the Lanteans and their tentative allies threatens to jeopardise the entire mission – and the nascent alliance between the Wraith and Atlantis.
This 40,000 word novella is set after the STARGATE ATLANTIS Legacy series.
An Octet of Vampires, part of the Box-Set Collection from Crossroad Press, is an omnibus of eight horror novels with a vampire theme. This collection includes classic novels, such as The Light at the End, and voices new to the horror genre. Clocking in at 800K total words, An Octet of Vampires will provide hours of entertainment for fans of the undead.
Included in this collection:
BLOOD KIN by Ronald Kelly
BLOOD PATERNAL by Janet Joyce Holden
CHILD OF THE NIGHT by Nancy Kilpatrick
UNHOLY WAR: THE GATHERING STORM by Matt R. Jones
AFTERAGE by Yvonne Navarro
LESS THAN HUMAN by Gary Raisor
THE LIGHT AT THE END by John Skipp & Craig Spector
THIS IS MY BLOOD by David Niall Wilson
Just a very quick update … Fandemonium Books has just released Amy Griswold’s “Stargate SG-1 – Murder at the SGC” … we have this at Crossroad Press in ePub and Mobi formats. You can find it at: The Crossroad Press Online Store
Also just released in hardcover and trade paperback formats:
John McIlveen’s debut collection: INFLICTIONS
and David Niall Wilson’s novel ANCIENT EYES – previously only available in a signed limited edition.
An update to the MEAN STREETS STORY BUNDLE … not only does this bundle include the original 11 novels, four by Crossroad Press authors Ed Gorman, Bill Pronzini, Tom Piccirilli, Clive Barker and David Niall Wilson – but now it includes TWO BONUS NOVELS – David Niall Wilson’s The Not Quite Right Reverend Cletus J. Diggs & The Crazy Case of Foreman James – and a book featuring Steven Savile’s JACK STONE… That’s 13 BOOKS and you pay what you want. Part of the money goes to charity. It’s a good deal, and I hope you’ll pop on over to http://storybundle.com/crime and check it out…
There’s a lot going on at Crossroad Press. There will be more news following, holiday sales, a contest, and more – for now, here are four new releases for yoru Halloween pleasure… OCTOBER 10th NEVERMORE will be featured at Bookbub. From now until then you can buy it for only .99
NEVERMORE – A NOVEL OF LOVE, LOSS & EDGAR ALLAN POE – by DAVID NIALL WILSON – .99 through October 17 – On the banks of Lake Drummond, on the edge of The Great Dismal Swamp, there is a tree in the shape of a woman. One dark, moonlit night, two artists met at The Lake Drummond Hotel, built directly on the borderline of North Carolina and Virginia. One was a young woman with the ability to see spirits trapped in trees and stone, anchored to the earth beyond their years. Her gift was to draw them, and then to set them free. The other was a dark man, haunted by dreams and visions that brought him stories of sadness and pain, and trapped in a life between the powers he sensed all around him, and a mundane existence attended by failure. They were Eleanore MacReady, Lenore, to her friends, and a young poet named Edgar Allan Poe, who traveled with a crow that was his secret, and almost constant companion, a bird named Grimm for the talented brothers of fairy-tale fame. Their meeting drew them together in vision, and legend, and pitted their strange powers and quick minds against the depths of the Dismal Swamp itself, ancient legends, and time. Once, upon a shoreline dreary, there was a tree. This is her story.
BUMP IN THE NIGHT – by ROB MacGREGOR – If you’re captivated by the spookiness of Halloween, when the veils between worlds are the thinnest, then BUMP IN THE NIGHT offers you the chance to explore the realm of ghosts and spirits and even alien encounters any day of the year.
CASE WHITE – by THOMAS SULLIVAN – No work of fiction or nonfiction has done what CASE WHITE does in this monumental new novel by USA Today Best-selling author Thomas Sullivan. Set in the era of two world wars, this comprehensive work weaves together the bizarre mythology and eccentric beliefs that explain how a nation went insane for 12 years. Told through the compelling lives and loves of a pair of very unique characters, this tour de force will take you into a radical blend of religion and myth frighteningly similar to what is going on in parts of the world today. Certain to be a benchmark work of elegantly written fiction and historical perspective, CASE WHITE delivers a poignant people story played out on a grand stage.
THE SKELETON INSIDE ME – by DAVID NIALL WILSON – A young girl receives a fright when her father brings home a new Halloween decoration. As the story progresses, she learns more about the “monster” in the box and her own body, and comes to grips with her fears. An amusing story for Halloween, rendered in clever rhyme and beautifully illustrated by Dan Monroe.
Available in Hardcover, paperback, eBook and Unabridged Audio – narrated by Gigi Shane (The Audiobook comes with a PDF copy of the book so you can show the pictures to your kids and follow along)
AMERI-SCARES: ILLINOIS – THE CEMETERY CLUB – by ELIZABETH MASSIE – When twelve-year-old Hilary Wilson’s family moves from Pennsylvania to Justice, Illinois, she finds herself feeling angry, frustrated, and lonely. To make matters worse, bully Frank Simmons, whose favorite pastime is scaring people, decides Hilary should be his next victim. Along with his friends Audrey and Todd, Frank challenges Hilary to join his “Cemetery Club,” which meets inside the huge, imposing Resurrection Cemetery and consists of a series of creepy pranks. Hilary is determined to prove her courage and not let Frank’s spooky tricks scare her. Then Marjorie, a very strange girl Hilary befriends in the cemetery, comes to Hilary’s defense with even creepier tricks to play on Frank. But when Marjorie’s pranks become terrifying and seemingly impossible, Hilary has to convince Marjorie to stop. And she must find out once and for all who Marjorie really is.
THE ENTIRE AMERI-SCARES SERIES IS PERFECT FOR YOUNGER READERS AT HALLOWEEN!
MISTER GLOW-BONES and OTHER HALLOWEEN TALES – by RONALD – KELLY – Halloween is more than a holiday; more than a fun time of candy and costumes for the young. It is inoculated into our very being at an early age and there it remains. As we grow old, it grows dormant… but it is still there. For the lucky ones, such as us, it emerges every year, like a reanimated corpse digging its way out of graveyard earth to shamble across our souls. And we rejoice… oh, if we are the fortunate ones, we most certainly rejoice.
Stories included in this collection:
Pins & Needles
Mister Mack & the Monster Mobile
The Halloween Train
The Candy in the Ditch Gang
Halloweens: Past & Present
Monsters in a Box
THREE SMALL COINKYDINKS – A DuckBob Spinowitz Adventure – By AARON ROSENBERG – (If you don’t think this is scary enough for Halloween, try having a duck’s hyead…) Bob Spinowitz was an average guy—until aliens abducted him and gave him the head of a duck. Then they asked “DuckBob” to save the universe, since their modifications meant he could. Talk about a backhanded compliment!
Amazingly, though, DuckBob did it. And thus became Guardian of the Matrix, which protects the cosmos from further invasion—as long as he’s plugged in. Literally.
But alien techie pal Ned just made the Matrix User Interface wireless. Suddenly, DuckBob is free again—the whole universe is at his alien-altered, webbed feet! Only problem is, could being unplugged mean he’s out of a job?
As a pick-me-up, Ned takes DuckBob to his homeworld—which looks just like Brooklyn. Odd changes are afoot, there, however—ones with potentially cosmic repercussions. Soon DuckBob finds himself struggling to stay alive. And to find lunch, which is equally important.
Can DuckBob conquer his doubt, rein in his freedom, and help save Ned’s world? Or will our avian-esque hero’s first unrestricted flight be the last—not just for him but for us all?