Thanks to Susan Arbetter for having me on Capitol Pressroom today. You can find a pod-cast of the show at http://thecapitolpressroom.org/.
We talked about how fiction and politics mix in reference to my novel, The Expendable Man, about self-publishing and about this year’s legislative session.
Susan asked if people could order the book at their favorite bookstore. The answer is yes, but the only bookstore that has copies in stock right now is The Book House in Styvesant Plaza (in Albany, New York). I’ll be visiting other bookstores in the coming weeks and will announce locations as they take copies.
One of the issues is that their distributor — Ingram — only offers bookstores a 25% discount on self-published books when the stores need 40%. That’s why I have to become a store-to-store salesman, offering stores the 40% they deserve. Such is the politics of the publishing industry.
I also offered to talk to anyone who is considering self-publishing – fiction or otherwise. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to take me up on the offer.