Well, actually, I’m not. I’m not actually moving anywhere it would seem, but that is a whole new rant for a whole other post.
What has really irked me today is that once again I am punished for living outside of the US.
As I mentioned before, 95% of the world’s population live outside of the US.
So why is it so freaking complicated, and expensive for me to get copies of the books I have written!
Yesterday, at around midday, I was on top of the world. I had just agreed to a book signing event in Amsterdam, and had at least one more potential, even probable date lined up in a different store. I was beaming ear to ear. The only problem being, I have no paperback copies of my books.
No worries, I told myself, it’s not a problem, you can just order some.
Sounds easy right?
Well, it is.
However, what is not so easy (to swallow) is the price it will cost to ship these things to me.
Just to be clear, I am not actually blaming anybody here. There is nothing that can be done by me, or my publishers to alter the fact that costs are high.
To have 10 copies of my novel sent to me will cost $105, and with two titles out I would need 10 of each at a minimum, at least to make it look good when I’m doing the signing.
So that is $210 plus the overheads of getting to Amsterdam, parking, etc. Then there is also the promo material, bookmarks and the like.
I would need to charge $15 per book, an amount I personally would feel bad about charging, and even then, my profit would be next to nothing. It would still be a loss if I factor in the costs of bookmarks, etc.
It looks as though I will be cancelling this signing in any case. I just don’t have the money to spend on getting my own books.