Friday, June 21, 2013
Writing: Where Do Books Go To Die?
Some of you may be wondering what happens to books that no longer sell. Perhaps the book store bought too many, possibly the publisher was one that wouldn't take back unsold books (most will, but not signed ones--something I learned early on in writing; don't sign more copies than the bookstore tells you, they may wish to return the others if they don't sell). That's where the bargain table comes in.
Of course, in this day of e-publishing, all this changes. An e-book never really goes out of print. It doesn't take up warehouse space. And although it may have its price reduced, there's no "bargain table" humiliation for it.
I don't want to get into stripping (removal of covers from paperbacks for return to publishers, while the book itself is pulped and recycled) or remaindering (liquidation of a poorly selling book by the publisher at greatly reduced prices). I guess the point I wanted to make was that books have a life cycle, just as people do. I just hope that mine have a positive effect before they suffer whatever fate awaits them at the end of their lives.
Let me close with a poem that I learned about from fellow author James Scott Bell. It deals with an author who has just found that the book of his arch-enemy has been remaindered. Hope you enjoy reading it here. Hurry back.
(photo via freedigitalphotos.net)
Late-breaking news: Word from my publisher that until June 24, by special arrangement with Barnes & Noble, when readers purchase 3 or more qualifying books from a huge list of Thomas Nelson books, the least expensive book is free. In order to take advantage of this offer, just place all 3 qualifying books in your BN.com Shopping Bag. Your credit for the least expensive product will appear at Checkout. This offer is NOT valid at B&N retail stores, but only physical copies purchased at BN.com. NOOK books are not included.
Here's the link.
(And, of course, Stress Test is included in this list).