Greetings. Ingram Spark provides a good solution for small publishing houses getting started. But as you expand, as we are at this stage of our growth, there is limited control on distribution that needs to be quickly remedied if Ingram Spark intends on remaining a viable solution beyond that grows with you beyond the initial seeds of self and small publishing.
Specifically, as publishers, we MUST be able to suspend distribution of a title, and indeed delete it altogether form the control panel. Currently, we are not trusted with this function and we have to write in to: email@example.com requesting that a title be suspended or indeed deleted altogether.
As publishers, we must be able to selectively choose to enable or disable distribution channels. Currently, it's either distribution to all channels or nothing. This is highly constricting and extremely frustrating. For example, as we grow as publishers, we are currently working directly with Amazon to supply titles through Amazon Advantage, and would like to disable Igram's distribution of said title to Amazon, but keep it for everything else.
"Thank you for reaching out to us. To removed distribution from Amazon, would remove distribution for all partners. It is not possible to opt out to a distribution partner with print books."
So, in this case, we will begrudgingly ask Ingram to suspend a title altogether, forfeiting distribution to all the other partners, because Ingram will not allow us to exclude Amazon. That's a loss for us, a loss for Ingram, and serves no logical purpose.
For Ingram staff who are tuning in, we know you are competing with Amazon CreateSpace, and this is a function that CreateSpace provides, even excluding Amazon itself from distribution.
I am therefore submitting this is an official request to Ingram Spark to enable more control for publishers vis-a-vis distribution, and to trust us with that power in order for Ingram to remain a viable long-term partner, and not just a "quickie" publishing solution that we will quickly outgrow.
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