Things are changing in the publishing world in regards to delivery of the product, distribution. In order to sample this I've made some changes to the bookstore at my website.
Instead of sending people off to Amazon or to a site where an autographed book can be ordered I have arranged for the transition to occur right at my website, sending them the products myself. I have also included a couple of products that will be e-book on CD, or available as a download. I may add some more of this type of product strictly as a eBook on CD or a download such as the book that I'm finishing on "Too Shy to Pitch and Promote." This one is for people who are looking for follow up material to the course that I teach on this subject (and is in progress at ACFW online right now) and which includes tips on how to overcome shyness as well as tips on pitching, query letters, proposals, promotion, etc.
This started when I started noticing that a sample cowboy poem at my website keeps drawing hits, and drawing them daily. Not a big number, a half dozen a day or so, but day after day, month after month. I don't what is driving this, but my little cowoby poetry book is out of print and there is no place for them so see more if they want to. I needed to offer them the poetry book as a download, and that started the restructuring of the bookstore.
They tend to be international in nature. Hits on this page have come from Austria, Australia, Azerbaidjan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghanda, Gibraltar, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Phillipines, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela and Vietnam. I don’t even know where some of these places are.
It has a book trailer of my latest title, Beyond the Smoke, and the site does have an Amazon link for a couple of books that I don't have any copies in stock to autograph. I don't anticipate this will result in major sales, but is more an effort to make existing product acquisition a little more convenient and to easily offer some additional products to a small market. I'm mailing books all the time anyway so I don't think it will drastically increase my workload.
I'll blog again in the future on how it is received and what sort of response it generates. If you'd like to take a look the direct link for it is HERE