I've looked at the information provided in IngramSpark, and one thing that I've not found an adequate answer for which I find limiting is the ability to tell a shop or distributor "Here is where to go to order my books if you're interested in stocking them."
In a way it would be good to have a dedicated page to give to such shops that directs them to internal ordering page if they either got an account or prompts them to set up an account if they don't. For example, my imprint is 'Emerentsia Publications' so a page such as this would be as follows (basing this on the IngramSpark webpage):
www [dot] ingramspark [dot] com/ordering/emerentsia_publications
(I posted it purposely not as a web link so not to confuse people into thinking it's a real link, and this is just a suggestion.)
The idea here is that there's a dedicated section for this function. For example, this part of the website has /community/ as a dedicated section, so /ordering/ would act in a similar way.
It would use the primary imprint used in the account for this page (I would guess that additional imprints would require a request to be submitted).
The general idea is that I can reach out to shops with information about being an author and my imprint, and instead of having to go into a lengthy description of "this is how to order books" I just include the "ordering link" that then acts as a point of contact to get the shop, wholesaler, or distributor to make contact with Ingram to order my books. The benefit would come when a shop, wholesaler or distributor does not do business yet with Ingram, and this establishes a new client for Ingram in the process.
I know I could have emailed this idea to Ingram, but I only recently got this idea myself when I got asked by someone who refers to themselves as an "independent book shop" the question "How do I go about ordering your books from Ingram?" I didn't know what answer to give, so I started thinking about how I would want to tell them to order, thus this idea popped in my head.
It was just a day later when I got my invitation to participate in this community, so I decided to post the idea here as a point of discussion to see what other authors and/or publishers think of it.
Personally the provision of a link such as this would act in a very similar way as the 'Author Page' on Amazon does. In a way it should be feasible to construct something as a 'Publisher Page' to provide details of the Publisher, the books they've produced (as a list with a clickable link to a page that gives cover images, the blurb, list price, and the suggested ordering link above with one small addition which would be the SKU for the book in question). The Publisher Page would list the global ordering link btw. The Publisher Page could be shown as:
www [dot] ingramspark [dot] com/publisher/emerentsia_publications
Either of the suggestions is something I would like to see developed for 2018. I posted it here for comments from others who use this site (whether for or against).
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