P.O.D. 4 Bozos: teaching an old dog nu trix, on demand, subito! Dobry, Brat, 2 bee truly nimble, Publish Now!
6/26/23 : Got copies of Red Earth in the house, any 1 wanting an ARC lettuce no.
Weave bin so busy hustling Ↄalamari we haven't had a chants to unpack our office, tho the rest of the apartment is more or less set. Still waiting on sum Gothic bookshelves to be built so we have somewhere to put all these boox, got spoiled w/ the built-in shelves in our old place. So our bathrooms still looks like Mar-a-Lago, but w/ file boxes of books instead of top secret documents. Still working on getting the Subito books, (far from "subito," which either means "sudden" in Spanish, or "right away" in Italian), academic bureaucracy has bin stalling things, but a mole in Colorado sent us this pic (thx Kelly + Rachel!), so at least we know the libros have been loc8ed, now it's just a matter of sending them boxes so they can ship 'em.
That's what they look like IRL, prettier than the Mar-a-Lago-ish Ↄalamari HQ. The book data wasn't EZ to loc8 either. Thanx 2 archive.org's way-back machine, we were able to salvage most of the 411 (the Subito press URL had lapsed 404, az had their contract w/ SPD) 2 build out new pages on Asterism. Here's a list of the titles, soon as we receive 'em they'll be available to consume (the buy btns don't work yet), subito... arriba, arriba!
2 years ago, in post 924, we went into the nuts + bolts of running a small press + even titled the post "nimble sustainability," but in the past year weave bin questioning our old stubborn wayz. In that post we compaired + contrasted offset vs. digital, but didn't consider print-on-demand, mostly b/c when we tried it 10–15 yrs ago (when we "perhaps created the first American literary press that has no physical presence in America") we weren't happy w/ the quality + reverted back to low-run digital (back when Bookmobile didn't gouge U 4 print-runs less than 100). But a lot has changed in the past 10 yrs. We smirked/shrugged at a few POD books that have been shown to us in recent years (not willing to admit we couldn't tell the difference), but really it was John "Inside the Castle" Trefry who made us a believer (ITC uses POD) + now that we've drunken the Kool-aid (specifically Bozo's Amazon KDP), there ain't no going back.
... + this doesn't inkloot shipping, which 4 whatever reason Bookmobile won't use USPS Media Mail (the best thing in America since sliced bread... if they get rid of Media Mail, in-D publishers wood B dead in the water). So, in sum, if we wanted 2 get 50 copies of Red Earth from Bookmobile it wood cost $500, $10 per copy:
By comparison, the above 50 copies we got from Amazon cost (drumroll please)... $162.50 ($2.68 per book printing cost + $23 shipping). Yep, U red that rite, Bookmobile is 3x as eXpen$ive as Bozo's KDP POD.
+ here's the medieval options for poetry:
... who needs genres anyway, file 'em all under unclassifiable! Amazon also doesn't let U choose a future print date (hint, hint... get Red Earth b4 we pull it! (we needed 2 publish it 2 print up ARCs))... not that i'm not all 4 Publish Now! as in Apocalypse Now! Subito, subito! But it's these stuffy review places that require 2-3 month lead time if they're gonna consider a book 4 review.
They basically just give U a # when all's said + done (after printing costs + the Bozos cut), per country. So 4 eggsample, here's the lowdown 4 Peter Markus' Dobry, Brat:
If we charge $10, then we'll get $3.70 for each book sold (thru Amazon.com). Period. U don't halve 2 pay 4 or worry about shipping. The "expanded distribution" that pays only 40% (az opposed to 60%) basically allows bookstores, online retailers + libraries 2 get a discount if they get 'em from Amazon. Your book has 2 meat certain requirements 2 check said box (4 eggsample, b/c Dobry, Brat is 5 x 7, we couldn't tick it, however we did 4 Red Earth)... 4 what it's worth, we'd rather bookstores + lieburys just bot the books from Asterism (tho 4 intl bookstores, this is gr8).
+ B-low are the differences in covers for both Good, Brother + The Revisionist (original on the left, modification on the right). B-sides making the spine text insanely small, in the case of The Revisionist we had 2 change the font on Miranda's name b/c the Bozos said it was illegible. Coincidentally, it's the same font we used for Good, Brother (Eduardo Recife's "Porcelain" (or maybe it was "Selfish"?) which he's now made available as freeware, bless his heart), which the Bozos deemed OK, maybe b/c it was black against white, tho we did have 2 nudge Peter's name up a bit b/c it was 2 close 2 the bottom edge (+ thus shrink the image some).
A sacrifice worth making? The most important thing is that these POD books are available most anywhere in el mundo, w/o having to pay INTL shipping. We used 2 discourage INTL customers buying directly from us b/c shipping cost 2 or 3x az much az the book, but now U will be able 2 get 'em on Amazon.X, whatever your X may be... .pl, .nl, .it, .es, .fr, .co.uk, .se, .co.jp, .ca, .com.au, etc. So far we've done The Revisionist + Good, Brother (+ shhh, Red Earth, if U hurry, b4 we 86 it til Oct 1), all U gotta do is swap .com for your extension in the URL. We tried sum others (The Static Herd, Part of the World + a few Sleepingfish back issues) + got to many errors, but we'll keep working on 'em + other Ↄalamari titles in due time az we get 2 the bottom of print runs, + the above 5 Subito titles that they don't have copies of we'll use Bozo's KDP 2 bring 'em back in print.
6/30 : had this excerpt from U/X published in GAMM, thx 2 Marco, our old amico Romano:
Don't think U/X will pass muster w/ Bozo's KDP POD, if/when we ever get around to finishing it. Nor wood 1/ 4 i am ĐNA , perhaps the last book wheel use Bookmobile 4. Speaking of witch, we're officially launching 1/ 4 i am ĐNA 2day! 5cense subscribers get a free copy, just respond 2 the upd8 email w/ your postal address, or show up 2 the launch shin-dig @ Bar Great Harry in Bklyn on July 9, 5-8 PM + we'll give U a copy just for halving the attn span 2 read this far in2 the post.
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