Jason Erik Lundberg (jlundberg) wrote,
Jason Erik Lundberg
jlundberg

three bits of surreal botany news

1. We will be sending A Field Guide to Surreal Botany to the printers very soon (hopefully next week). Yay! The layout and copyediting was finished last week, and the final PDF assembled for printing. After shopping around, we've decided to go with KEPmedia; I've worked with them a bit for Panorama, Hwa Chong's triannual newsletter, so I know what kind of quality they can deliver, and their quote was the most reasonable. Looks like our print run will be 1,000 copies this time, our biggest yet (Four Seasons in One Day was 100cps, Scattered, Covered, Smothered was 230cps, and Off the Map was 250cps); however, this title also seems the most commercial of the three, so we're hoping for more sales.

2. That being said, I'm starting to ramp up the publicity machine for the book so we can get as many books into as many hands as possible. Putting together a list of reviewers and bloggers to whom I'll be contacting about sending review copies, but right now, that list is on the small side. If you would be interested in reviewing the book, please let me know, either via email or in the comments to this entry. Also, please indicate your willingness to take a PDF copy of the book; shipping from Singapore is expensive, so I'd like to send PDFs when I can. If you're not reviewing for one of the larger review venues or a well-known litblog, but just for your blog, I'd really only be able to send a PDF.

3. Speaking of shipping expenses, I have a huge favor to ask. In the past, the majority of our sales have come directly from the Two Cranes Press website, and the majority of those were within the US; I'm guessing that this will be the case this time as well, although I'm also going to try to get copies into Singapore bookshops too. But if many of our sales will be in the States, we run into a bit of a financial problem, re: the aforementioned cost of shipping to the other side of the world.

So, the favor: I'd like to be able to work with one of my peeps based in the US, who will act as the Two Cranes Press US Distributor. All this will really involve is addressing envelopes and mailing off orders when they come in; you won't have to approach any bookstores about carrying the book on consignment, although this would be incredibly helpful if you wanted to do it. You'll need to pay for the envelopes and postage up front, and you'll be reimbursed once a month (or sooner, if it's a lot of orders).

In addition to being reimbursed for your material costs, you'll also receive a 10% cut of the profits on sales made within the US. Not a bad deal for just addressing envelopes and going to the post office once a week.

I would prefer it if you were somebody I knew personally, though this may not be possible. However, you will need to be dependable, timely, and organized. It also helps if you have clear penmanship. If you're interested in working with us to deliver copies of the Field Guide to your fellow short fiction enthusiasts in the States, please let me know soon via email.

Many thanks in advance.
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