Amazon.com, according to Wikipedia, is the world’s largest e-commerce marketplace. I realize I’m probably not telling you anything you don’t already know. However, with such heady powers at their disposal, I was surprised to see this….
Screen grab from Amazon.com on the inventory status of the Lee Marvin Point Blank hardcover.
You would think such a massive online presence as a marketplace would be able to stay on top of such things and reload their inventory in a timely fashion. Geez, it makes you wonder who’s minding the store.
Of course, I kid. Truth is I can’t complain as Lee Marvin Point Blank has proven to be a perennial and has also sold well internationally. In the English speaking countries there’s only one hardcover left n the U.K., none in Canada, and five left in Australia. Sales have been brisk in non-English speaking countries, too. Amazing fact considering that it’s only available n English.
The thing is, authors rely on Amazon for weekly sales info as publishers (in this case Schaffner Press) give author’s regular sales breakdowns only on a semi-annual basis. The publishers gets the data from the distributor, IPG and is sometimes slow with that data. In the mean time, I mentioned the ‘temporarily out of stock’ info to my publisher and received an interesting response. According to publisher Tim Schaffner, “Amazon doesn’t inform us directly and generally the orders appear a couple of days after the fact. Ingram often supplies Amazon and the have ordered some, I’m thinking about 20 recently.”
Bottom line, Amazon will be restocking on the hardcover of Lee Marvin Point Blank soon and when they do, the ranks will be thinning to practically NONE as it will not be going back for another printing. In other words, grab it while you can ’cause when it’s gone! You can do what Lee himself would’ve done in such a situation….
– Dwayne Epstein
Amazon reduced prices on my book, Lee Marvin Point Blank. Don’t ask me why as I have no idea. I only noticed the pricing difference recently so I don’t know how long it’s been going on or how long it will last, for that matter.
I do know that my publisher, Tim Schaffner of Schaffner Press, notified me that the paperback is going back to the printer and that he was raising the prices slightly. Even with the price going up a dollar (again, I have no idea why), Amazon has still kept the buying prices on all formats extremely low. Bottom line because of Amazon reduced price, THIS IS THE BEST TIME TO GET YOUR COPY IN ANY OF THE THREE FORMATS! I don’t know how long it will last so it’s best to take advantage of it now. Heck, I didn’t know they even did such things for a title that been available for more than six years! Don’t just take my word for it, though. Check out the screen grabs I did below that make the point…..
Actual current price for the hardcover Amazon reduced prices by 50% off!
Despite the raised cover price, Amazon is still selling the paperback at 20% off.
The Kindle is also reduced almost 50%, Amazon reduced prices is insane! 🙂
As I said, I have no idea how Amazon reduced prices works and how they decide on the pricing that they do. If I knew that, I’d be working for Jeff Bezos. Since I don’t (nor want to, actually) I can only guess it’s based on ongoing sales which, if true, makes me happy. In the mean time, I again suggest you take full advantage of this great discount as a title this old can’t be on discount long and as the old adage goes, once it’s gone, it is gone!
– Dwayne Epstein
Back to the printer…for Lee Marvin Point Blank? That’s the case, at least according to my publisher, Tim Schaffner. I hadn’t spoken to him in a while and a recent e-mailing enlightened me to this fact.
Allow me to explain. We were in brief communication over some tax form snare when I happened to ask him how things are going otherwise. He answered in the affirmative and then nonchalantly added that the paperback is going back to the printer for yet another print run. Shocked, “What prompted this?” says I. His answer: “That’s easy. The paperback has sold out! Congrats!”
I of course had no idea! I do know the book has been the bestseller in his stable for some time but it being more than 5 year since the book came out (4 years for the paperback) I didn’t know the paperback had still been selling so well. How cool is that?
Trade paperback cover of Lee Marvin Point Blank that’s identifiable by the Leonard Maltin quote and added star burst.
I can tell you, however, that there are some key differences to the paperback versus the hardcover. There is additional content, some great review quotes, and more….
Example of some review quotes used in for the Paperback of LEE MARVIN POINT BLANK.
Additional quotes found in the paperback.
Oh, yeah there’s one more tiny difference. The hardcover came out in 2013 and both of my parents had passed by then. Also, Lee’s son, Christopher, asked if I’d also be willing to add his sister, Claudia Marvin to the dedication. Sadly, I never did get to meet her as she died of liver disease before the book came out. How could I refuse Christopher, who had been so amazingly helpful to my work?
When the paperback was ready to come out I had to make an additional change to the dedication with the publisher’s permission…..
Revised dedication to the paperback.
– Dwayne Epstein