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Writers' Cafe / Re: Science Fiction That Made You Think
« on: August 20, 2018, 10:44:48 am »
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

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Rarity from the Hollow Robert Eggleton Dog Horn Publishing $20.84 Trade Paperback $5.95 Ebook 284 pages

Lacy Dawn resides in the back woods of Appalachia with her poverty-stricken family.  Although a bright girl, she suffers abuse at the hands of her father.  Her best friend, who also has an abusive family, is killed early in the book.  Aside from her intelligence, the only things in Lacy Dawn’s favor are her ability to talk to trees and the alien android who took up residence ‘Roundabend,’ who is enhancing her intelligence for his own purposes. Although this could be the setup for a rather dark and frightening novel, it soon explodes into satire.  The android, named DotCom, turns out to be an employee of the distant planet Shptludrp, which is a giant shopping mall.  Lacy Dawn has been bred throughout humanity’s existence to save the mall, which is the hub of all civilization.  As Lacy Dawn matures, she convinces DotCom to heal her family so they can help her.  This ends the abuse and they go on to establish themselves as champion traders, getting the best deals at the mall and selling their strange intergalactic wares in a big yard sale and online as “Rarity from the Hollow.”  This positions Lacy Dawn and her family to do what’s necessary to save the universe.  All the while, she’s coming of age and bringing DotCom right along with her. There’s a lot to like in this novel. 
Lacy Dawn is a clever and engaging character, who overcomes her difficult family situation, and her blossoming

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sexuality with homespun, common sense wisdom.  She’s equally at ease talking to alien androids, her classmates, the trees, and ghosts.  Eggleton makes an admirably smooth progression from the grim realities of Appalachian life to the broadly satirical look at the “alien” economics of consumerism and how a smart kid can find solutions to problems entrenched management have made for themselves.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Science Fiction That Made You Think
« on: August 19, 2018, 04:41:50 am »
 Feed by Mira Grant

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Science Fiction That Made You Think
« on: August 18, 2018, 01:47:27 pm »
Old Man's War by John Scalzi, his only decent contribution to literature.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: 79� revenue per paperback, lol
« on: August 18, 2018, 01:33:02 pm »
We only have one brick and mortar bookstore left. Used to be several. It's not really "mom and pop" but a hot spot with lots of other stuff going on, including live music, films, etc. Maybe it's ego, but I would still love to have my book on its shelves. It sold a few of the 2016 edition, but they were provided to me free by the publisher. The 2018 cover is much better (thanks to Lulu). The reformatting helped a lot and resulted in fewer pages. I'll figure out something. Thanks! 

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Science Fiction That Made You Think
« on: August 18, 2018, 11:52:38 am »
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

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Writers' Cafe / Re: 79� revenue per paperback, lol
« on: August 18, 2018, 11:18:58 am »
Thanks! The main thing that happened with this book from 2012 was the election of Donald Trump -- nobody got the political parody back in 2012. Essentially, it is the same book with a little more editing and much better formatting.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Science Fiction That Made You Think
« on: August 18, 2018, 08:51:14 am »
Earth by David Brin

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Writers' Cafe / Re: 79� revenue per paperback, lol
« on: August 18, 2018, 08:43:36 am »
I finally got a reply from Ingram. Here it is. Below that is my original request for info to Ingram.

Steven Sensmeier (IngramSpark)
Aug 17, 5:49 PM CDT
Hello Robert,

To move from Lulu to Ingram, you would first have to do a Title Transfer from them to us.  Below is some more information for Title Transfers.   Currently we do not have any setup promo codes going on for Ingram Spark.   

Please follow these steps for a successful and expedited transfer:
- Make sure your IngramSpark account is fully setup first.
- If transferring a title from an existing IngramSpark or LSI account, please copy in original publisher or let us know publisher name so we can get their approval for the transfer.
- If you are transferring from Create Space the title has to first be in expanded distribution so it arrives in our system. If in expanded distribution, please remove it. If not, please add it. We will communicate on our end with CS to transfer the title. We also recommend that you reach out to CS yourself to expedite the process. You must notify us BEFORE we move title over if you need to update price or return status. We only send pricing to retailers once a month.
- Complete attached transfer form. The form is to be completed by the person taking over ownership of the title. Current publisher does NOT complete the form. If you already have submitted a form to us, do not send another one. Just notify us that you have one on file.
- Reply back to this same email with your ISBN/s you would like to transfer and the completed form. Do NOT write the ISBN/s on your transfer form.

How to complete form: (Please read this to make sure your form is completed correctly. This will help avoid delays. )

- Enter your COMPANY NAME in top line and in bottom client field. Do not enter your name in the fields (unless your name is name of your publishing company)

- Enter your FULL address in the second line. This includes your zip code.

- Physically sign the form at the bottom of the signature field (or use Adobe's digital e-sign option).

- Enter your IngramSpark account number.

- Enter the current date


Next steps:
- Your form will be reviewed and approved by our support and finance teams.
- Once approved and once we receive confirmation from the current publisher/Create Space then we will transfer title to your account.
- You will be notified when the title is listed on your account via email.

If you follow these steps it will eliminate delays so you can start ordering and managing your book.

Please allow up to 30 days for confirmation and transferral.

If you have any questions, please let us know.


IngramSpark Customer Support
 

US: 1-855-997-7275 / [email protected]
INTL: +44(0)808 164 8277 / [email protected]
AU: + 61(3)9765-4800 / [email protected]
Attachment(s)
IngramSpark Global Title Transfer Addendum 2-27-17.pdf


Robert Eggleton
Aug 12, 2:12 PM CDT
Hi,
 
I published Rarity from the Hollow through Lulu. As reported by Lulu, it is listed at Ingram. Please verify and provide the link.
 
We only have one local brick and mortar bookstore left in Charleston, West Virginia 25302 (Taylor Books). There is a Books-A-Million a few miles away which has this novel listed but not on the shelves. I’m looking at a local author promotional angle. Taylor orders books from Ingram. When I inquired about royalties, Lulu reported that after the revenue generated to cover costs, I would end up with 79¢ per sale in royalties. Since I donate 50% of author revenue to a nonprofit child welfare program for the prevention of child abuse, that’s sure not much money. If a consumer buys directly from Lulu, I get $7.50 or so, but that doesn’t help much under the circumstances.
 
I was thinking about switching from Lulu to Ingram. I’m a retired children’s psychotherapist living on Social Security and with a very limited personal budget. A guy on Kboards said that Ingram sometimes has promos when it waives the $49 set up fee. Is this true? If so, when is the next one scheduled?
 
I own a copyright on this novel dating back to 2012. Can I use it to avoid paying for a new copyright? If so, could the 2018 © date also appear? I don’t want people to think that they are buying an old book.
 
Thanks,
 
Robert Eggleton   


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Science Fiction That Made You Think
« on: August 17, 2018, 11:09:20 am »
The Death of Grass by John Christopher

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Science Fiction That Made You Think
« on: August 13, 2018, 01:18:02 pm »
 The Forever War by Joe Haldeman

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Science Fiction That Made You Think
« on: August 13, 2018, 08:40:16 am »
American War by Omar El Akkad may be coming true today.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Science Fiction That Made You Think
« on: August 13, 2018, 02:27:59 am »
Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler presented a character with attributes very similar to Donald Trump, no more meaningful than ever before.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Science Fiction That Made You Think
« on: August 12, 2018, 05:16:10 pm »
Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 (predicted earbuds)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Which Indie Author Award Contest Would You Enter?
« on: August 12, 2018, 02:41:40 pm »
Any that does not require an entry fee.

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Yes, yes and yes. Sometimes I wonder where they even heard of my novel. Obviously, they havn't read it. Sometimes it makes me feel paranoid about posting on sites.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Science Fiction That Made You Think
« on: August 12, 2018, 01:19:42 pm »
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Science Fiction That Made You Think
« on: August 12, 2018, 10:27:06 am »
 Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Science Fiction That Made You Think
« on: August 12, 2018, 09:48:21 am »
The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

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“..Amusing at times, shocking at others, a touching and somehow wonderful SFF read..” @AmazingStories0 https://bit.ly/2MsHzkI This review is not on Amazon, so check out the link. Any eReader or Paperback: https://bit.ly/2KNJkI2 #ASMSG #scifi Proceeds help abused children.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: 79¢ revenue per paperback, lol
« on: August 08, 2018, 12:49:42 pm »
Julie, so your recommendation to someone with a dream of having one's paperback on the shelves of brick and mortar bookstores, self-publish through Ingram? I don't know much about this business, but I do know that bookstores will not buy through Amazon. Of course, the downsides to Ingram are the $49 set up fee and the purchase of an ISBN for $25. The 2016 Edition of my novel was listed as available through order at Books-A-Million, but I don't know if it sold any. I'm slowly learning. Thanks so much!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: 79¢ revenue per paperback, lol
« on: August 08, 2018, 09:15:13 am »
LilyBLily, I was being polite. I did review the messages. On one thread, while there was a great article posted on Ingram as recommended by a member here. I read the article, yet I remain interested if anybody has an answer to my specific question. If you interested, I can send you the links for the threads referred to above and you can check them out yourself to see if I missed something. I totally appreciate all of the great advice and info that the threads contain.

The odds of getting our only little bookstore to buy anyplace other than Ingram are too low to even try. It sold a few copies of the 2016 edition of my novel, but these copies were sent on my request from the small press that represented me at the time. As I understand it, a bookstore purchases at 60% of retail and there must be a return policy, as provided by Ingram. I made very good revenue off of these copies but because the small press called it promotional and I got the remaining profit. It was priced at $22 back then. Our newspaper had just published an article about the book, so it did pretty good.

If sold directly by Lulu, my revenue is a lot more from Lulu than from wherever tilly had his published. But, the market share for Lulu is so low and the presentation of books is so poor compared to Amazon that not very many people buy directly from Lulu. There is no discount for bookstores, my main interest at this time.

Tilly, what books do you have for sell? I may be interested in checking them out if they sound good. Anything that I may of heard of? I'm always looking for new books, especially by unfamiliar authors. Thanks 

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