It occurred to me, while unplugging and then re-plugging back into the matrix, that some of the stuff I take for granted about Broken Sword Publications might not be common knowledge to people, especially among new readers/fans, or those who may end up here just curious about what BSP is all about. Of course, I’m talking about where to find BSP books and how to order them to suit your needs. There are many options available.
I’ve been in the publishing business, professionally, going on 10 years now and in that time I have learned many things about the business. I use what is known as the “publish on demand” method for my business. Publish on demand, or POD, means that I typically do not keep a large amount of books on hand (unless the title is brand new).
Instead, books are printed by my distributor, Ingram, as they are ordered, and then shipped out by them. This happens for single book orders and bulk orders. This system has both pros and cons but it’s worked out pretty well for me so far.
It’s important to note that BSP does not create any eBooks! All of our titles are strictly created and offered in print only.
For most people who just want to buy a single copy of a book, I primarily send them to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble. With Amazon, I’m able to host an “author page,” which has all of my books centralized and available for quick and easy purchase. Customers also receive the benefit of free shipping, in most cases, and that’s just something I cannot compete with as a small business owner. I do not fault people for taking advantage of that particular perk.
Here is the BSP Amazon page, with all of our titles available for purchase. The other benefit of Amazon is that people can leave reviews for our books there. Please consider leaving a small review if you purchase a book on Amazon! They help indie authors more than you probably realize!
We do have a store online, separate from Amazon, and we do sell books this way as well! Ordering direct has its own benefits. When you order direct, the books will either come from the printer, or from me if I have them on hand – this is specified when you order. It takes a bit longer than Amazon and shipping is a bit more – I use Priority Mail and the printer uses Media Mail.
When you buy direct, books come signed and with free merch. For example, I am including 2 free bookmarks when you order our newest book!
Occasionally, I will have overstock or returns on hand and will sell them direct to you at a discount!
As a small press, I also offer books for bulk orders. I want your store/school to carry my books! Primarily, I will send you to Ingram for these orders. Chances are, as a book retailer or book purchaser, you already have an Ingram account to order books. This has several benefits!
For one, you get books at industry wholesale. This is a huge discount! Secondly, you are able to return all unsold books at my cost. Read that again – you are able to return unsold books to me on my dime.
That means there is zero risk to you carrying my books! With those kinds of benefits, why wouldn’t you want to carry them? For one, you are helping support an indie press, and two, you have no risk in doing so. If the books don’t sell, simply return them.
It’s important to note, I do NOT do consignment sales. Nor do I do “Net 30” or any other method like that. I also refuse to pay any bookstore to carry my books. BSP a bona fide, professional publisher with books sold worldwide and taught in classrooms across the United States. We are a professional small press and act accordingly!
Word of Mouth
As I said, BSP books are available through Ingram Distribution. Ingram is huge and worldwide. This means that you are able to request them virtually anywhere you shop for books! For instance, if you would like your local campus book store to stock them, you can ask them to order through Ingram, chances are they are pros at doing this already. It’s that easy. It also helps me with visibility and sustainability! The same goes for any retail book store – try it!
You can also request that your local library order them! I highly recommend this method! As a small press, Having my books in libraries is not only an honor it’s a privilege.
Hopefully this gives you a better idea of where and how to purchase BSP books. If you have any questions or would like to discuss a bulk order, let me know via the contact page. I am happy to answer any questions.
Thanks for reading!