Happy Cyber Monday!
We’re offering a crazy discount today for Stevan Allred’s debut linked short story collection, A Simplified Map of the Real World–$5 off the $18 book if you buy it on our Gumroad page, plus the free ebook version (ePub, mobi, and PDF all in one immediately downloadable document). Shipping for the paperback is $3. Just use the code cybermonday in the special offer field, and you’ll get the discount. Amazon is offering A Simplified Map for $14.46, so we’ll sell it for $13 just for this one day.
Or you can buy the three ebooks as one package direct from us and download them immediately here. Use the offer code cybermonday for $1 off just for today.
Amazon has been playing games with distribution, keeping us out of stock, despite our title being print-on-demand, which means it should always be available. Apparently this has been happening to numerous publishers who choose Lightning Source over Amazon’s own CreateSpace. I have written a whole rant about this strong-arming tactic, including copies of the help desk responses that a) told me to join Author Central b) told me to call CreateSpace and set up an account and c) told me to stop using Lightning Source. Lightning Source has been great, checking in on their end and confirming that all the other channels are flowing normally; this is an Amazon issue, and countless publishers have blogged about this problem starting in 2011. One solution that has been advocated is joining CreateSpace in addition to Lightning Source, but I really don’t want to play that game, because it’ll encourage Amazon to continue freezing out the little guys like us.
Every once in a while, over the past three weeks (hugely important shopping weeks, I might add) the “temporarily out of stock” label is replaced by “one left in stock,” and then that disappears. When the stocking issue first occurred, our ranking plummeted to 900,000, and now every once in a while I guess a book sells and bumps us back up, and then the out of stock label appears and the ranking sags again by hundreds of thousands of points.
Instead of ranting and sharing the less-than-helpful correspondence I’ve received from Amazon in trying to resolve this issue, today I’m sharing a discount that rivals what Amazon offers–and I should mention that Amazon gets 55 percent of our cover price in exchange for playing these stocking games. If you buy from me today, even though I can’t offer free shipping like Prime members get, all the proceeds will go to my press and I have a really high author royalty rate, so much of that will be passed directly to the author. Which is how publishing should work anyway.
Learn more about A Simplified Map of the Real World, my press’ first fiction release, on our Forest Avenue Press website.
And if you want to hear Stevan read one of the stories on a beautifully shot video, check this link out. The story he reads, “The Idjit’s Guide to Intuitive Mastery of Newtonian Physics,” is half an hour long, plus some Q and A afterwards, so you might want to put on your slippers, make some popcorn, and settle into the couch for story time.