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Now distinctly possible... [message #1522] Mon, 12 January 2004 02:20 Go to next message
Erin Halfelven  is currently offline Erin Halfelven
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This forum has been dormant almost a year, so here goes.

Cafepress now has perfect bound paperbacks for production. A 200 page paperback, approx. 9"x7", (about 140,000 words, containing 15 chapters of Tuck) with B&W interiors and color covers can be produced for about $13 with whatever markup in price an author desires. Payment can go thru Paypal which Ellen already gets monies from. Other than the cut Cafepress takes and shipping, Ellen could get all the profit above the $13.

Would you want such a volume? How much would you be willing to pay for it?

Ellen could also order lots of such a book for about $9 each in quantities of 15 or more, plus shipping. Doing that would make it possible to sell thru E-Bay or Amazon with more hassle but greater profit.

There are only about 100 people registered on this board but many more visit it. Anyone have anything relevant to say? Smile

- Erin
Re: Now distinctly possible... [message #1524] Mon, 12 January 2004 03:39 Go to previous messageGo to next message
OtherEric  is currently offline OtherEric
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Well, I'm emotionally allergic to PayPal or anything else that requires a credit card. An attitude I think Tuck would probably agree with- I don't like people tracking what I buy. And given that it took me almost seven years online to get to the point where I could bring myself to even join this forum, that attitude will be exceptionally hard to shake given the subject matter. With that said, I might be able to convince myself that it would be worth it to get Tuck in printed form. (An ability to pay by money order and a promise of completely discrete packaging would help immensely.) My gut reaction on what I would spend would be that $20 would be about right- I would prefer that to include shipping, but that isn't necessarly a deal-breaker. More that $25, total, for a relatively short paperback would be a hard sell, though. I would be more that happy to pay in advance, so Ellen could be sure of having 15 customers and getting the price break.
Do the lots require a single shipping location, or will they send them out to a variety of addresses? Only needing to ship the initial order once, instead of twice, would increase the profit from buying the book in a lot. Or perhaps Ellen could sign and number the books as they go out, which would take part of the sting out of the cost. (This assumes that Ellen runs the shipping of the books, rather than delegating things to a trusted voulenteer.)
To answer the core questions: Yes, very much so; and about $25 total out of pocket cost.
Re: Now distinctly possible... [message #1525] Mon, 12 January 2004 05:14 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Erin Halfelven  is currently offline Erin Halfelven
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Okay, to address some points you brought up. Paypal doesn't require a credit card, you can make deposits to Paypal via check or direct transference from bank accounts, it just takes longer. Not liking people tracking what you buy is understandable but getting more and more nearly unavoidable.

Cafepress, assuming they do the shipping will accept payment via money order, I do believe. Again, it will just take longer. $20 including shipping for a 200 page edition of the first 15 chapters of Tuck would allow Ellen about $4.50 per book profit or a little less. If we went to 30 chapters (400 pages) then Ellen could make about $8.50 per book on $30 including shipping.

On the bundled orders from CP, yes, all have to go to the same address but still, it might be worth it. One thing might be to get an ISBN number for the book (cost $75 to $110) and then it could be listed with Amazon.

Lots of variables here, and of course, nothing can be done without Ellen.

Now, do we want to distract Ellen from writing more Tuck in order to get our printed Tuck? Smile

- Erin
Re: Now distinctly possible... [message #1527] Wed, 14 January 2004 13:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Natalie  is currently offline Natalie
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Sounds interesting having Tuck in book and indeed Erin I add money to my PayPall account through my bank account (I have no creditcard). The last time I did that it took only 3 workdays to transfer the money.

Both variants the $20 for the 200 pages or the $30 for the 400 pages would be fine with me (even if costs for oversea shipping would make it a little more expensive). I kind of fancy having the Tuck saga on my bookshelf.

Re: Now distinctly possible... [message #1528] Wed, 14 January 2004 20:29 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Mike the Younger  is currently offline Mike the Younger
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i do, i do, i do

$30US + shipping, brokerage fees and exchange rate = 45$ CDN

so...

me too, please
Re: Now distinctly possible... [message #1529] Wed, 14 January 2004 21:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Mike the Younger  is currently offline Mike the Younger
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Erin Halfelven wrote on Mon, 12 January 2004 04:14

... and of course, nothing can be done without Ellen.

Now, do we want to distract Ellen from writing more Tuck in order to get our printed Tuck? Smile

- Erin


If Ellen writes, I will buy, and I will read. After, I will lend to my friends so they may read and, perchance, buy their own copies. And it doesn't necessarily have to be Tucker, either
Re: Now distinctly possible... [message #1589] Sun, 18 January 2004 19:58 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Well, if Ellen didn't want to take time to bother with the details of publishing, she has a crew of loyal minions who would be delighted to help out.

But, as Erin points out, it's all up to Ellen.


Janet

All that glitters is not Iron Pyrite
Re: Now distinctly possible... [message #1724] Mon, 23 February 2004 21:29 Go to previous message
Silverkarakuri  is currently offline Silverkarakuri
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There are many who would love a copy of tuck on the shelf, perhaps an Omnibus edition where its this HUGE Motherfscker which has like maybe the first 30 or 50 chapters I don't know how much that would cost but it wold be interesting nonetheless. I myself have made PDF versions so that I could print them out one day when I have enough ink and then assemble each book of 10 or so chapters each, I just haven't yet. I would prefer to pay for a book that Ellen gets money for, thats all. If I could use paypal I would have sent her gift $ already, but unfortunately I can't maybe in time but not at the moment. Oh well.
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