Handle With Care is now available in a number of places, and the list is growing by the day. Prior to publishing, I did so much research into my options. I knew I was going to self-publish (I didn’t much relish the idea of querying traditional publishers when I write primarily for my own enjoyment) and I didn’t want to limit myself to just Amazon. IngramSpark seemed like the best solution to my needs, but it’s not without its drawbacks.
Despite numerous edits, I found a tiny little typo in chapter five post-publishing (ugh! Gaiman’s Law strikes again!) and to fix it with Amazon was a quick, painless process. Through IngramSpark, I know I need to pay USD$25 to upload the new file (and I’m not sure if that covers both the eBook and the print version, or if it’s $25 for each) and I’ll have to go through the review process with them again. It’s not the end of the world, but it is a bit frustrating. More fool me for not catching that typo, though!
Also, once you’ve set your Distribution Settings with IngramSpark, you can’t change them. You can change your pricing once a month, which is helpful because it took me a little while to work out that their system doesn’t automatically calculate the currency conversions like Amazon’s does. I’ve also changed my mind on the discount and returns structure to retailers, opting to have my paperback sold online rather than in-store (because the risk of returns costing me a lot more than I can afford was too high).
With my next book, I’ll do things a bit differently. I’m considering a staggered release – opting in to Kindle Select for the first 90 days and then looking into only offering paperback (via online sales) through IngramSpark while potentially using Smashwords for additional eBook distribution.
I’m sharing these thoughts here for anyone else currently researching their publishing options, but also for myself to refer back to when I start looking into publishing book #2! I’m also more than happy to field any questions about the IngramSpark vs Amazon process, too.