I thought I'd come here and let you know that I've made some changes to how yarn stores can order copies of my books.
As you probably know, my books are printed through CreateSpace, a very reasonably priced print on demand company. My books are printed in the US and shipped directly as ordered. POD (print on demand) is not normally a cost effective way to go about print publishing, let alone running a business, yet the pricing is so competitive that to get the same unit price in the UK, I'd have to order just short of 1000 books. And as you all know, we travel a lot and live a very simple life: buying and then stocking and then dispatching that many books ourselves is not only unimaginable as we wouldn't have the funds, but also impracticable, as we really don't have the space. And that, in a nutshell, is why POD works for me.
The raw price of each book does also allow me to offer wholesale, which a few years ago, would never have been possible for a full colour book printed through a POD company. This is fantastic news, and I love being able to offer wholesale to shops when they enquire; I get so excited knowing that my books are reaching knitters all over the world! However, for a few reasons, I've needed to make some changes to how wholesale orders are processed.
Instead of the traditional wholesale model of ordering and invoicing, shops will now be able to order the books directly through CreateSpace, where with the right coupon codes, they'll be able to receive their wholesale discount. This means that shops can mix and match their order to suit themselves, and select their own shipping method. They will also receive all communications directly, regarding the placement and then dispatch of the order. It will also save invoicing and admin time, which is a win-win. If there's a problem with the order, a shop will be able to deal directly with the source, instead of through me, the middle man. I won't need to wait on invoices to be paid, and everyone's on the same page. And once a shop has the necessary codes and details, they will be able to place their orders as and when suits them, instead of waiting for email replies from me, saving everyone time.
The Wholesale page has been updated. It is still preferred that UK yarn stores place their orders through Viridian, as they have stock (Bambeanies is on it's way!) and can offer you much faster (and cheaper) shipping. I'm looking into options for distribution in the US, but in the meantime, this is the best way for US shops to order stock.
Previous wholesale customers will be receiving the latest details via email within the next week. If you would like to see my books in your local yarn store, please ask them to get in touch. All a store needs to do is email me, and I'll send on the necessary document with the links and codes. Simple!