I'm down to my last two copies, in-house, of Summerworld. When these are out there will be a delay of at least a couple of weeks while I order more.
One thing I learned: selling the books directly barely puts any money back into my pocket. I can cover my cost of manufacturing, but the hit of sales tax, shipping and a bunch of other things brings it down to barely a dollar a book. I may have to wind up selling the signed copies at a premium (I hate to do it, but I don't have much choice) from the website, and at the regular face price when I'm out-and-about. For now, buying directly off Lulu puts the most money back in my pocket with the least hassle.
Then again, for the time being, this is really not about trying to turn a profit. I'm just learning the ropes of how this works, and I'm already keeping my day job (that's absolutely not changing any time soon). But as I mentioned earlier, if I attracted a decent following and they bought at least one book from me a year, it would cover my expenses for the books and add a little extra on top. You could do lots worse.
A-KON was a blast! The release party for Summerworld ended up being very small — I only sold a few copies — but the "ashcan" version (the four-chapter sampler) blew off the shelf, and this also means I now have that many more copies in-house for people to get signed!
So, if you want to buy copies directly from me, the easiest way to do that is PayPal:
The total cost is $11.99 + $3 S&H for the continental U.S. Other regions may be higher; contact me for details.
Oh, and the POD People blog is in the process of reviewing Summerworld. They looked at my earlier book Another Worldly Device a while back and really liked it, so I hope they like this one as well. (And even if they don't, I'm happy it's just done the way I wanted it to be done.)
But I got a complete left-field surprise from them: they cited the cover art as a positive example of how to do this sort of thing right in the self-published world. THAT knocked me right over.