Proud of my book, but do I want to buy 200 copies?

The late Melvin Poe of Hume was 12 when Shedrick Thompson died. He remembered groups of volunteers searching for the fugitive.
The late Melvin Poe of Hume was 12 when Shedrick Thompson died. He remembered groups of volunteers searching for the fugitive.

In addition to being a partner with History Press in the publication of my book, I am also a customer. I ordered copies of my book from them recently, after refusing several earlier sales pitches.

Their first sales offer arrived a few days after I signed their contract.  ‘I’m excited to share some information with you about a preferred discount for authors only,” said the email from one of the sales managers. For a limited time only, I was eligible for a special discount of 54 percent off the cover price if I bought at least 200 copies. The discount was greater than their standard author discount. The company repeated the offer two weeks ago, again for a limited time only, and again if I bought at least 200 copies. This time, however, the discount was not quite as generous as the first one. I declined both offers.

I am very proud of my book and absolutely thrilled that History Press is publishing it. But 200 copies? I imagined boxes of books stored in my trunk and stashed in the closet. I planned to buy books to give to family and sell at book signings but not that many. Last week a sales person at the company assured me that, once the book was released next month, I could get delivery of any quantity within a week. So I placed an order for 40 copies and paid $457, or about $11.40 per book. It felt odd to send them so much money. Perhaps someday soon the money will flow in the other direction, from them to me.

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