Offset Printing & Canadian Distribution

One question that I seem to get a lot of is, “How can I buy your book?”

For self-published authors, book distribution can be difficult. This is particularly true when you live in a big country like Canada. By big I mean wide. It costs an exorbitant amount of money to ship physical books because everything is so spread out.

For now, the only way to get a physical copy of my book is to order it from the States. That really sucks for my Canadian readers, because shipping costs half as much as the book does, or more. It also makes it difficult to sell copies through my website–I’d have to order them from the States, get them shipped here, and well…I’d probably lose money selling them.

So I was thinking: what if I did an offset print run of say 500 or so through a Canadian company? It would be a lot of money up front–easily a few thousand dollars–but I’d have a superior product that was in Canada. If I have offset copies, I could theoretically get into bookstores (maybe) because it would be printed by a higher quality printer.

I’m not sure if I’ll do this quite yet. I haven’t quite recouped the money I’ve put into it (maybe half of it I’ve gotten back so far!) and the blog tour is next month, so maybe the rest of it will come back then (I hope!). There’s also The Violet Fox that I’ve got to start producing.

This is what I’m trying to say: for now, I cannot offer a better solution than to tell you to go to to buy a physical copy, or my website to buy an e-copy. In better news, I’m signing an agreement with Kobo so that they can distribute my ebooks too, so that should make getting my book a little bit easier. But until I recoop my costs and the book starts selling like crazy or I find a reliable POD solution in Canada to make my book, I’m afraid that you will have to order from Amazon.

For now.