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  • Nathalie M.L. Römer

    Have you enabled the Global Connect settings for each of your books?

    Here's a page about it:

    https://help.ingramspark.com/hc/en-us/articles/360021159352-Benefits-of-Using-Global-Connect

    I think the following listing in my title setup is the output for Global Connect (not a complete list):

    Spain Printer Network
    Brazil Printer Network
    Germany Printer Network
    Russia Printer Network
    South Korea Printer Network
    Poland Printer Network
    China Printer Network
    India Printer Network
    Italy Printer Network

    I've seen my titles listed at distributors who sell in some markets you mention. You just need to enable everything for a title's distribution and then keep checking distributors and wholesalers for potential listings.

    The two you want to check specifically due to the books you do is Baker & Taylor and Follett. If you can get a "Vendor of Record" with one or both of them you can get a lot of the selling part by someone else who can reach tens of thousands of shops, and ultimately millions of readers. If I remember it right Gardner deals libraries, so getting connected with them directly for a Vendor of Record would get your books to libraries and also possibly schools. From my research, I've found that these companies typically will want 25+ titles are already in circulation before giving an application consideration so I'd concentrate on social media building, i.e. schools, libraries, educational institutions etc should all be reached pro-actively via social media advertising avenues. For example, a listing on BookLife by The Publisher's Weekly is one way to go about it.

    From recent communications with Ingram, I can confirm that by submitting the ISBN, metadata and other relevant information submitted to a distributor when applying for and ultimately getting a Vendor of Record status with them they, and not you, will make ensure the orders to the distributor are printed, shipped and processed. 

    But there is the "don't put all your eggs in one basket" situation too. Don't just assume that there are just a few ways to sell your books, so DO set up a web store to sell directly to customers. The interesting aspect of Ingram Spark is that you can put in the customer details as the "delivery address" (singularly or keep it stored if it's a repeat customer). It will mean that if you sell a book directly that you can type in the customer details into your Ingram Spark account, set up the order, then have it shipped as soon as you've received the payment. (Personally, Ingram Spark should add something to allow for "private label shipping" so if I select the packaging says it comes from my publishing company and I get emailed or shipped all the paperwork that's sensitive). BUT I already do this stuff so you can easily do it too with a shop of your own. As long as you don't exclude the aforementioned methods for getting books to customers.

    I hope this was of help to you, and good luck with your business.

     

     

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  • Mikem

    Nathtalie,

    Thanks for in-depth reply! Super helpful!!!  Mike

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  • Erik Istrup Publishing

    I think I have asked support about Shopify a while ago. They have no app to connect with Shopify.

    https://apps.shopify.com/

    I would have used it to sell stuff like posters and cards in relation with the books.

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  • Mikem

    Erik,

     

    Thanks for the response. What did you do to solve your problem?

     

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  • Erik Istrup Publishing

    I still sell from my own website using Paypal buttons and LinklokPaypal to deliver download links for the e-books. Takes some coding.

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