================================================================ This is a monthly e-mail update for subscribers only, sent from U-Publish.com, the web site named for the revolutionary guide to new methods for publishing and promoting books by Dan Poynter and Danny O. Snow. Get the paperback, now available to order from all major bookstores and online booksellers, or order direct from us at http://www.u-publish.com/order.htm at a discount. ================================================================ *** Better than Bookstores? Co-author Dan Snow asks: Want some jazz with your java? On March 22, Forbes reported that Starbucks coffee shops will soon offer music downloads: http://www.forbes.com/2004/03/22/cx_ld_0322mondaymatchup_print.html Why is this of interest to authors and publishers? Because books could be next! Whether or not Starbucks starts selling books, more and more self-publishing authors and independent publishers are discovering that non-bookstore outlets like coffee shops can be BETTER than bookstores, for several reasons: -- There are more of them. As reported by co-author Dan Poynter in "Book Marketing: A New Approach," The American Booksellers Ass'n estimates that there are TEN TIMES more retail outlets than bookstores per se. And there is growing trend (like Starbucks) of retailers expanding beyond their primary products. -- Their customers are often more interested. For example, a book about gardening may interest only a small percentage of a bookstore's customers... but practically ALL the customers of a tree nursery are interested in gardening of some kind. If you have a book about gardening, a tree nursery is probably a better place to sell it. Match the subject matter of your book to the right kind of store, and see for yourself. -- They pay more. Mainstream book industry wholesalers and retailers expect big discounts, usually totalling at least 40% and often more. Many retailers other than bookstores feel that a 30% discount is generous. -- They pay faster. Large book distributors often pay 120 to 180 days in arrears; other retailers may pay on the spot. -- They return fewer books. An outlet like a tree nursery may not even ask about returning books, while few bookstores will stock books (or even order them) unless the books are fully returnable. Nearly any book with a clearly identifiable audience can gain more readers (and more sales) from marketing through non- traditional outlets outside the conventional book trade. The fact that these sales are more lucrative, faster and less risky are just icing on the cake... or whipped cream on your cappuccino! ================================================================ *** Funds for Writers C. Hope Clark edits Funds for Writers and offers "high hope for the freelance writer." 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