Well, it seems that the UK government really does not want to help small traders at all. If I wanted to send a copy of The Hooper Interviews and The Truth About Spring Heeled Jack here is the cost:
Value Added Tax:
You notice that Valued Added Tax of 80p? Another book would add more so if I sent 5 books to the EU countries I get to pay a lot of tax. Finland, USA, Japan -no VAT. Germany, Netherlands, etc -VAT. So my previous estimates of sending books to shops for free to see "if we can sell them" and if they can they'll have more but at what they decide they want to pay me after sales -that figure shoots right up.
Now, no shop is getting free books from me based on that deal because it is crooked. It is not showing interest in the creator or supporting him/her but in squeezing every penny out of them and then seeing if you can be bother throwing a few coins their way. Incidentally, doing this by PayPal means you get charged for exchanging Euro for £ sterling. So, its throwing books away because you will be financially crippled.
This is why the tax man laughed at me -they screw their tax out of single sales -even if I buy them at Authors rates.
Almost makes buying your own printer seem worthwhile.
But being screwed over on all sides apart, I had a dream last night. Not that sort of dream. In this dream I was drawing a "Through-time" crisis involving the characters of the late Hansrudi Wascher. As I was reading Gerhard Forsters book on Wascher last night not surprising!
I have Green Skies to finish, though so fantasy stays in my head!