For the last six years, we've been holding inventory in our office for every single book we've put out. As you can imagine, that's a lot of space being held by books. But that's not the issue. For these years, we've been doing all of the order handling ourselves too. Sticking books in packaging, printing/writing labels, and taking books to the post to be shipped to readers.
In addition to handling those in-office orders, we were also working with a fulfillment center that wasn't the best...we've had plenty of dropped orders, wrongly shipped items...well you get the point. The publishing business becomes 100 times more difficult when you are doing every little thing in-house.
We initially did everything ourselves because of money and motive. First, we had zero capital to store our books anywhere but in the houses of our editors (how kind of them!). Second, we wanted that publisher-to-reader feel about everything. But it got daunting. And just to complicated.
This year, 2017, we have been able to put enough money back into the business that we were able to fire our old fulfillment company and pick a better company. We've teamed up with Ingram to warehouse our books. And that just made sense because last year, we began the long process of hiring Ingram to help us with everything from distribution to sales. By the end of 2017, all of our books will be distributed and handled through Ingram -- including printing. By taking some of those jobs off our plates, we now have more time to edit, to read, and to make our authors see their books come to the shelves.
Where the heck is this post going? Well, you need to know that we are no longer handling the orders for current titles. We are processing pre-orders, but that's because we like to make pre-orders important and special. Our readers who commit to a book deserve the best treatment.
But current titles, which means any book that has already seen its publishing date come and go, can be purchased from a major retailer. Amazon, Powell's, Barnes & Noble...you name it, they should have it. You can still find all of our current and forthcoming titles on our BOOKS page.
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