Monday, March 18, 2013

Books for Sale

Okay, I spent part of Sunday scrabbling about in my loft sorting out boxes and double-stacked shelves. I've been meaning to do this for some time because numerous copies of my books up in my loft do no one any good. Here's a list of what I have left if anyone is interested. The price will be plus postage and packing which can stack up if you're not in Britain (well, it can stack up if you are). Contact me at the email below my biography here. I also want to give a reminder to those who have contacted me about books: payment first and, if you don't get a move on, I can't guarantee that what you were after will still be available.


Update: For some reason I completely missed The Technician off this list. I have about 8 copies available.

Book
Detail
Number
Price
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Mass-market paperback
USA
1
£4
Hardback
USA Book club
1
£10




Brass Man



MM paperback
UK Old cover
10
£4
MM paperback
UK Sullivan cover
9
£8
Hardback
USA Book club
4
£12
Trade paperback
USA
19
£10
MM paperback
USA
19
£6




Polity Agent



MM paperback
UK Old cover
4
£4
MM paperback
UK Sullivan cover
11
£8




Line War



MM paperback
UK old cover
4
£4




Prador Moon



MM paperback
UK old cover
2
£4
Hardback
UK old cover
2
£15
Trade paperback
US Night Shade Books issue
24
£10




Voyage of the Sable Keech



MM paperback
UK old cover
7
£4
MM paperback
UK Sullivan cover
10
£8




Orbus



MM paperback
UK Sullivan
6
£8




Cowl



MM paperback
UK wraparound
4
£8
MM paperback
US
7
£5.50
Trade paperback
US
9
£10




Hilldiggers



MM paperback
UK old cover
8
£4




Shadow of the Scorpion



Trade paperback
UK old cover
5
£12
MM paperback
UK Sullivan
11
£8




The Gabble



MM paperback
UK old cover
11
£8




The Departure



MM paperback
UK Sullivan
11
£8
Hardback
UK Sullivan
1
£18




Zero Point



MM paperback
UK Sullivan
13
£8






12 comments:

Jacob Moor said...

I really hope that this comes across right, I'm not intending to be rude.

But can I ask why you're charging, what I assume is, full cover price? Usually the book seller, publisher, agent(?), get a cut of the money. Usually an author gets 20 - 30% of the sale price.

Granted they're going to be signed, and it's going to take up your time, but in my view would it not be more beneficial for you to entice new readers, and keep your 'normal' cut of the sale price?

I'm not asking because I want one cheaper by the way, I own all (I think) of your books, and have more than one copy of a few of them.

Again, I hope this doesn't come across as rude. I mean it to be a little friendly advice. I'm a self published SF author, so perhaps my go-to mode is always stuck at 'need more readers!'

Neal Asher said...

I charge the full price because I've got a limited number of these books so I can't exactly get into the pack 'em high sell 'em cheap thing. I'm not Asda and I'm not Amazon. Some of them are quite rare. Should I discount them, charge the cover price, or charge more? It also takes up my time packaging them and sending them off from the post office. Time is money. Incidentally, I don't recollect seeing a full price mass-market paperback for £4 or hardback for £10...

Generally, those who buy them, are like you and already have some of my books and want something special to keep. Most of them are happy to pay for them and for the postage which often costs more than the books. In the end, it is not as if they HAVE to buy them.

As for the acquiring new readers thing, well, I keep agreeing to promotional discounts on my stuff, like the recent 66 pence for The Departure on Amazon. Meanwhile torrent sites seem to be doing a roaring trade giving my stuff away.

Neal Asher said...

I also have to add that I don't know where you get the 20-30% of sale price from. Royalties range from as little as 6% to 15%, and the latter only if you're selling well. Also, beyond a limited personal stock, if an author buys books from his publisher he'll get them at 40% discount but also have to pay postage. Doesn't leave much room when the big stores are knocking them out at 2 for 1 or half price, does it?

Jacob Moor said...

Thank you or taking the time to reply to my comments. And thank you for clearing a few things up.

I was under the impression that you selling them was to bring in new readers. Having The Departure at 66p must have brought in new readers, some of which may end up on your blog and buy a signed copy.

I appreciate the time your spending sorting out these books, listing them, taking orders and posting them. And I'm sure your fans appreciate it too.

I can see now these book aren't intended for new readers.

As for the royalties rate I quoted, this is because I'll be getting 35% from Amazon to self publish my ebook. I brought the figure down a notch, assuming the publisher will get a cut, but also assuming the publisher+author cut would be more than the 35%. I see I was wrong on that account.

Neal Asher said...

Yes, the Amazon rates are attractive: 70% if you sign up for kdp. The whole publishing world is in a state of flux at the moment. Interesting article about that over on Wired: http://www.wired.com/underwire/2013/03/publishing-industry-next-chapter/

Jacob Moor said...

Thanks for the link

Neal Asher said...

Damn, for some reason I completely missed The Technician off this list. I have about 8 of them.

aa5dd72e-9280-11e2-98c2-000bcdcb2996 said...

My husband and I love your books!
We would like to purchase if they are still available. I just need to know how to send the money to you / make the transaction.
I would have contacted you in private… but I am new to the site and did not know how…
Best regards
Ann Zimmer

Neal Asher said...

Ah, I see I didn't mention it with this post though I did with the previous one about this sale. My email is at the bottom of my biography - on the right on the main page here.

Ben Jackson said...

cheaper than ebay for a signed copy.....

David said...

Are these still available?

Neal Asher said...

Many of them are still available, but I'm not in England until November.