I was Googling myself last night just to check what was there and was surprised but very pleased to see that Amazon is advertising my book, From Darkness - Book One - Awakening.
But as I scrolled thru the pages smiling with new writer happiness I suddenly frowned.
LANGTON INFO SERVICES, ENGLAND was offering my book for sale at triple the price! That is, instead of $8.99 on Amazon, or 10% off from my site homepage thru CreateSpace, they offer it at 1 copy for $26.70, 2 for $28.77, and 20+ copies at 26.95each!
So, yes, I might be flattered that they think or at least are trying to sell it for so much, but I don't like the idea of customers being taken advantage of with my book. Some people actually may not know about Amazon! And they sell not only to England but to more countries than I knew existed!
Ok. Free enterprise. They buy my book and then own it. And if they can get more for it , that's legal. But here's where they reveal themselves in their "About Us" section at their site.
" Fair, genuine pricing (fair? genuine?)
We might not always offer the "best deal", but we offer a fair deal with an exceptional level of genuine service to match. Even though it means our prices are slightly higher, we don't pressure our suppliers to reduce royalty payments to authors and other copyright owners." (the latter underlining my own)
Of course, their prices are not "slightly higher" They are triple. And most annoying they imply they could, but are refraining from pressuring "our suppliers (that's Amazon) to reduce royalty payments to authors and other copyright owners."
As if they could.
I always wondered when I sometimes searched on Amazon for a book no longer available from Amazon but from other sellers, why there were sellers offering an originally priced $10 book for $128! I thought who would buy that? But apparently it's worth the seller's trying.
Well, having just published my first book (January 29, 2013) as part of a trilogy and so far have FROM DARKNESS - Book One-Awakening out there, FROM DARKNESS - Book Two - NET OF JEWELS - Coming soon! And Kindle versions of both! I realize that if a company is trying to sell my book at twice the price I am definitely in the Game!
Hey! I really am an author! (smile). Hmmm...But I so think I deserve a royalty for my being the author!
Now to get back to the final read thru of NET OF JEWELS!