Amazon is a necessary evil for most writers and publishers, and by far the best way to get books to a large worldwide readership quickly and efficiently. But many, including me, have concerns with Amazon over labour practices, vast inequality of profit-sharing, tax practices, market distortion, and their unequal relationship with publishers and authors.
Luckily, you can get Small Victories in any number of independent stores.
Here are some we have found:
Hive is an online network of 360 independent bookstores in the UK. A percentage of the profits go back into your nearest independent bookshop every time you make a purchase, or you can select your “favourite” bookshop to benefit instead. You can also arrange to pick up the book in your local bookshop.
Indiebound is a community of independent bookstores in the US. There are two ways to purchase books through IndieBound:
(1) The “Buy Here” button on every book page allows readers to purchase the book immediately, and the sale will support the entire network of independent bookstores.
(2) By entering a zip code in the “Shop Local” box, readers will be able to choose from among the websites for a list of independent bookstores near them. They will then be transferred to the selected store’s website to complete the purchase.
It may still be around three months until you can actually read Small Victories and buy it in actual book shops, but the book is finished. There is nothing more than I can do with it, to add or subtract or edit.
The final touches were put to the book last week. It got another deep proofreading with about 100 commas added and several corrections made.
A detailed Index was also added. Here’s a peek at some of it:
The book is now being printed—in China.
That will take another few weeks, and then the several thousand copies will be shipped from there to stores around the world—and Amazon warehouses.
The book will be available almost everywhere from 3 September. http://geni.us/YdG3
It is not just available on Amazon—you should be able to find it in most large bookstores.
And for those chains that have not ordered stock—Eason’s in Ireland and WH Smith in the UK for example—contact your local branch and ask them to order it.
There will also some reviews and interviews leading up to the launch in September, and I also hope there are some launch events and signings, with the main launch likely to happen in London in early September.