Showing posts with label bookstore. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bookstore. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Dragon Tooth Available in Jashenmal - Bahrain!



I am more than happy and excited to announce that Dragon Tooth is available for purchase locally in Jashenmal (City Centre, Seef Mall, and Aali Mall). I couldn't be happier to be honest, and as soon as I got the email, I was on my way to take pictures!

But what good is publishing a book if you can't play around a bit? When I entered the bookstore, my eyes rolled towards the book copy that was on display at the store, and then it hit me. I want to do something crazy, and at the same time motivate myself and so I did this:



So, apart from going there and taking a couple of pictures (more like a dozen) I decided to take a copy and place it next to George R R Martin's brilliant books (A Song of Ice and Fire). This was literally the best I could do without looking like a lunatic (there were people watching going like 'what is wrong with this guy? And why is he placing a random book next to George's books?) but it definitely was worth it!

Then, I got out as quickly as I could, blushing and hoping no one noticed what I did (but come on, anyone would do that!). 

So anyways, you can still order the book through Amazon or CreateSpace directly if you are not in Bahrain (I'm still working on getting it more accessible as 

Finally, I would like to thank Jashenmal for their wonderful cooperation in making this possible.

Until next time, 
Write on.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Emerging Authors and Bookstores - Don't fall for their tricks!

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Alright, I feel it's only fair to begin this post with a disclaimer: All the names, examples on this post are a work of fiction... I am a writer and have a very vivid imagination, that is why everything might seem real.

It's been about two months since I released my debut novel Dragon Tooth, and ever since then, I was working on getting it in local bookstores in my country. But before I talk about the progress and what recently happened, I feel like am obliged to give you a little background of where I worked before to establish some sort of credibility.

I have been working as a Business Development Manager at the company that I left back in February in order to focus full time on my writing, and before that I was a Sales Manager for around a year and a half so, I know -what we in the industry call- sales bullshit when I see it.

So! You've successfully published your book! What's next? Oh right, getting the damn thing in stores (sometimes, it might happen magically, but other than that you're going to have to contact them yourself), and this could actually prove a bit challenging.

First thing that you have to understand is that your local bookstore is a business, and sales is what drives businesses nowadays and not good intentions. Pause for a moment, right after you get the shiny email telling you "you need to confirm that you consent to our trading terms before we go ahead any further with this" and just analyze it correctly.

If you have a publisher, DO NOT supply them with copies directly no matter how profitable you think it is. You might think "but what could go wrong?" the answer: everything.

Just hold on, and let me explain. The first thing you have to pay attention to is the credit period and the selling term. If I'm not mistaken, you'll probably see a 90 day credit period (which is totally normal by the way, don't worry), but the most important thing is the selling term. Pay careful attention as emails are considered official and can be upheld in court so don't go around saying "yes" in any way or form.

You see, what most bookstores will often do is slap a contingent on the deal that they will only pay you for copies that were sold, and the ones that weren't will be returned to you. Now, stop and consider this for a second. First there is a 90 day credit period meaning you will only get paid after every 90 days, and then a selling term which dictates that they will only pay you for copies that were sold.

Get the picture yet? Seriously, I don't wanna risk getting sued, but if this helps someone along the way and stops them from getting scammed by these dirty sales tricks, then I'm all for it. As a final note: NEVER directly supply copies of your book. You have a publisher for a reason (even if you are self published using any platform out there, they will take good care of you and won't fall for tricks).

Please pass this along if it helped you or offered insight.

Until next time,
Write on.