So you might have seen a post similar to this last night and then clicked on the link and the store was gone. That’s because it occurred to me if I tried to put my entire catalog on sale if it went really well it would be a nightmare to try to fulfill everything. I’d have to special order books after the sale window closed. I’d have to wait on those books to get to me. Then I’d have to rush and do a lot of work all at once to get all the books out the door to people.
So I was like… SHUT IT DOWN!
And I did. And regrouped and figured out what it was I wanted to accomplish. Mainly what has happened is… I have a lot of books that have piled up in my inventory as well as a lot of swag that has piled up in my inventory. I need to clear some of this and make room for both new books in the future and new swag to go with those new books.
So I decided instead of doing something so extreme, I would just offer the books I have available in stock at the quantities I have available… in stock. So I don’t have to order books. Now, I realize on my store page it says books shipping out by Halloween in the shipping part on pages… in all probability (especially if you order by August 10th), books will go out much sooner than that. I’m just trying to create a workflow where I’m not going to be overwhelmed and I have plenty of buffer and runway. Underpromise and overdeliver is the plan here.
Some of the books on offer I only have 1 or 2 copies of. But most of them I have a lot more than that.
Also I’m offering swag packs. I have a limit on the swag packs also, but it’s a much higher limit. Due to the fact that they can be mailed in a business envelope, they don’t require special shipping trips.
AND ALSO… some of my readers have emailed me wondering if I had a Patreon or some kind of tip jar. I’ve thought about doing a Patreon but right now it would be a little overwhelming and I’d feel like I needed to be doing some extra stuff to keep the subscribers entertained. I’m not saying never, just not right now. As for tip jars, I haven’t found one I like just yet. Though I DID notice that there is an option for tips in checkout in my store. So I set that up. So if you are one of the people who wanted to tip me/send me some extra small bit of support just because you think I’m awesome and shit, well, there is now an option for percentage or custom amount tipping at the checkout portion.
You do not have to buy a full book for this because of the swag pack option. And if you are one of those who emailed me about this, you could think of your swag pack AS that kind of support. So… whatever you want to do, but that’s something I wanted to make people aware of because people have emailed me on this subject.
Now that I said SO many words… HERE IS THE LINK TO THE STORE
Sale is now through August 31st… or until I run out of inventory.
I totally support ease of life and mental health in work 🙂 That said, the two books I deposited money this morning to order are no longer offered 🙁 my excitement at the opportunity last night for signed copies of the hardcover Tabula Rasa and Dark Night of the Soul in their original covers had me giddy.
I’m so sorry to hear that. I knew some people would have situations like that where they ended up disappointed. 🙁
Traci Collins says
I have be thinking about the issue of signed books in an ebook age for a long time now. I think there is now a technological solution I hope you will consider, NFTs.
NFTs use blockchains to make digital files impossible to counterfeit and to prevent copying of limited edition files. The graphic artists seem to be making the most use of NFTs with digital paintings selling for the same price or higher than an artist would have gotten if they had worked in oils.
You could release limited NFT editions that would therefore be as special as a paper book with your signature and a brief comment.
It would be a way to get more money from me without having to complete a new book 😉. Of course I want to read as many new books from you as you have time and energy to write. But I would pay more for the NFT edition.
As it is I buy all of your books via pre-order or as soon as they come out. None of your sales help me because I have already paid full price. I mention this just to let you know I pay my dues and I don’t go all crazy fan all over you.
When I had the money at the time I have bought a few of your signature paper books. It bothers me to set them on a shelf and never use them because I have gotten to the point that I only read ebooks.
Something special for your ebook fans?
Of course you will do what you want to do and I like that.
Hey Thanks! It’s an interesting idea! And I totally understand re: formats. I’m like that with audiobooks. I’m audio only and if it isn’t in audio, it doesn’t exist to me because I just don’t read physical books or ebooks. Audio is my first love. Thanks so much for your support of my work over the years!