So, I’ve been dealing with a … uh, fun… hand dealt to me, and I guess it’s time to let you all know about it, as it could possibly affect you – especially at this time of year.
Almost *immediately* after my latest book – More Than Poutine – was released, the printer jacked their prices for that particular size/format of book by over 50%. This rise in print prices eats up my entire profit, when it comes to wholesale book sales – including those sold through Amazon and other major online book retailers. After print cost and wholesale discount / book sellers cut comes out, there was nothing left for me!
Not only was it obscene, it was the worst possibly timing – I effectively lost online sales profit from the first month that More Than Poutine was released. First month, right before the holidays… Ouch.
In going back and forth with the printer/publisher, it came down to either increasing my retail price drastically, or changing the size of the book. After some thought, I decided to go with the latter option.
The original size of the books – all of my cookbooks – was 7 x 10. A small change, down to 6×10 was all it took to bring the cost down to almost what it had been, originally. Luckily, my original font size was large enough that the change is barely noticeable -it’s still very easy to read.
It’s been a LOT of work to reformat each of my six cookbooks – re-cropping every single photo, changing font sizes, adjusting everything as a result, completely redoing the covers, etc – but most of the books are now currently in revision at the printer/publisher, with the final two (Evil Cake Overlord and The Spirited Baker) going in for revision later this week.
How does this affect you?
Well, personally – and this may be my own autistic need for consistency! – I would be really annoyed to be collecting books, and have the next purchase end up a different size. So, here’s the deal:
The books I personally have on hand are all of the original size. If you are looking to complete your collection, or are looking to buy more for someone you’ve previously gifted one or more of my books to, you’ll want to order them off my website , here: http://www.celebrationgeneration.com/blog/book-store
I have a limited stock of these, so you will want to do so sooner rather than later – sorry about that! Once my current stock is gone, I’ll have to order the new size in, as that’s all that will be available.
Moving forward – as I have at least 1 more cookbook to write – the original size of new titles will be made available through Kickstarters ONLY, as a special “legacy sized” option – and this will cost a bit more than it has, historically. The new size will be the main option, and this will be indicated in the details for the campaign.
My sincerest apologies for this! Had it been a small change – and just a matter of making a little less on each book – I probably would have let it slide. Not being able to earn anything from my work, however, is untenable!
Once again, thank you for all of your support!