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CB
03-27-2009, 08:08 PM
Is there a good fsite/sites for a lits of distributors if someone self publishes?
Many thanks, CB

StephenJSweeney
03-30-2009, 04:44 PM
There's something called the LuluBookReview which reviews books from Lulu. You have to send them a copy of your book yourself for them to do so.

Not sure if there are many others about.

ResearchGuy
03-30-2009, 06:22 PM
Is there a good fsite/sites for a lits of distributors if someone self publishes?
Many thanks, CB
Distribution is very, very, VERY difficult to obtain for the typical self-publisher. It is also very costly. Let me recommend that you study Dan Poynter's Self-Publishing Manual, and Dan's website, www.parapublishing.com (http://www.parapublishing.com) for the basics.

A distributor typically will not be interested in a one- or two-book publisher, nor in a publisher who does not have a persusive marketing plan for the book(s). An impressive book, solid resources, and well developed marketing plan might persuade a distributor, but it is an uphill battle.

It is difficult and costly even to work with a wholesaler (a different animal from a distributor (http://www.authorsandspeakersnetwork.com/erickampmann.html)).

--Ken

veinglory
03-30-2009, 06:53 PM
A conventional distributor typical cannot afford to handle a book with the small discount and lack of returns policy most self-publishing services offer. If you can get deep discount and returns you canuse the same fulfillment services as the "big boys" (Ingrams, B&T)

ResearchGuy
03-30-2009, 09:26 PM
A conventional distributor typical cannot afford to handle a book with the small discount and lack of returns policy most self-publishing services offer. If you can get deep discount and returns you canuse the same fulfillment services as the "big boys" (Ingrams, B&T)
But genuine self-publishers (those who own the ISBN, oversee all aspects -- NOT those using an iUniverse or the like, which are subsidy publishers) can offer the necessary discounts. It is not easy, requiring careful choice of printer and large printing volume (3,000 is reputedly the point at which the price drops sharply per copy). Dan Poynter's rule of thumb (or so I have heard) is that list price should be eight times the printing cost (inclusive of shipping, I suspect).

Ingram and Baker & Taylor are wholesalers, not distributors, and not "fulfillment services." They are loathe to take on small fry, and when they do, their terms are onerous, payment slow, and returns to be expected (quite possibly in unsalable condition).

There will still be other hurdles to clear, not just the discount.

--Ken

cpickett
04-01-2009, 01:32 AM
Bookmasters is one distributor that handles small and micro-presses. Dan Poynter's site http://www.parapublishing.com also lists some others in the resource section. What kinds of publishers they work with varies.

As has been mentioned though, distributors take a big cut. If you are mainly looking for online distribution, i.e. availability via Amazon, B&N, you can get listed individually, again the programs take a big cut. Also, it is definitely true, if you want full-service (beyond online distribution) you'll need to have a solid marketing plan ready to present to whomever you approach.