January 7th, 2010


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The Winter 2009 issues of Icarus: The Magazine of Gay Speculative Fiction is now available, with a story by Tanith Lee.

There's a guest post on Writer Beware about the difference between a book distributor and a book wholesaler: Guest Blog Post: Distributor vs. Wholesaler--Getting Your Book on the Shelf. This is something a lot of new writers don't think about, and you don't see it mentioned in articles extolling the glories of self-publishing. (The articles that don't explain that while the self-published books can be ordered online, they aren't going to end up on bookstore shelves where readers can find them.)

Unfortunately, a lot of small presses and POD self-publishing companies try to make you believe they have the distributor relationship when, in fact, they have the wholesale relationship. Since Ingram won't reveal its client list, it's hard to know which is which. However, I believe that right now, Ingram requires that a publisher that's a distribution client must have about $20K+ of income from Ingram in order to qualify. If you think logically, would even PublishAmerica, the powerhouse of POD presses, qualify? Probably not. PA has the titles, but not the sales. PA, and hundreds of other POD-based presses with far fewer titles than PA, would never be accepted as a distribution client. Simply wouldn't happen. They are with the wholesale arm--i.e., they're listed in the Ingram catalog.

It's 40 and dropping here now, with a 40% chance of ice pellets. Yikes.