Archive for the ‘Thinkin’ Out Loud’ Category


How Bookstores Work

September 21, 2011

Just read a fascinating article, titled, “Books Are Sold on Consignment” Written by Rick Frishman in the Book Business section of Cathy Stucker’s

This is one of my favorite self-publishing sites, and a must-follow for anyone who’s interested in writing, publishing, and marketing thier own books and/or ebooks.

Here’s a peek:

If the bookstore sells them – the publishing house get paid money. If the bookstore doesn’t sell them – they can return all the books. It is ok to hold the books for several months and then send them back.

Archaic? You bet. And still, the vast majority of New York houses embrace the model; and authors scramble to enter into these medieval contracts for the “prestige” of being “under contract.”

Ouch! Read the rest here.

For a more in-depth look at the publishing industry, see my post, “The Naked Truth about Book Publishing“.


A Note to Publishers

February 11, 2009



I’m a feature-writer and novelist with many years of experience working with publishers and magazines. My areas of expertise include hunting, fishing, humor, personal growth, Christianity, relationships and parenting, especially later-in-life fatherhood, and stay-at-home dads (I write a blog about being a work-from-home father – read it here).


I am also an accomplished blogger, having produced and managed online content for a number of corporate clients, including Xerox Corporation, and


I’m available on spec for features, columns, blogging, copyediting, or longer projects.


Please contact me at 503-816-5937, or email me at


All material © Perry P. Perkins 2009.


Reproduction of any material without permission is forbidden.


Ordering Perry’s books…

January 29, 2008
Hey everyone,

Ordering couldn’t be easier!

Just click on the link (title) to order. If the title isn’t linked, or you would like a personally autographed copy, just shoot me at email at and tell me which book(s) you would like, and how many of each.

As soon as I get your email, I’ll reply with an invoice and payment link. You can pay with any major credit card, or via a PayPal account! (Make sure to include the email address where you would like your invoice sent.)

If you would like any of your books personally autographed, please add a note in your email with the recipients name.

eBooks can be purchased, in a wide variety of formats on my Smashwords page.

Here’s what is currently in stock in hardcopy:

Elk Hunters Don’t Cry
ISBN: 1449598129
Price: $9.99

Now available in eBook format!

The Book of Exodi
(Including Perry’s short story, “Endeavor to Eden.”
ISBN: 1936075008

Just Past Oysterville: Shoalwater Book One
ISBN: 1595941150
Price: $14.99

Now available in eBook format!

Shoalwater Voices – Shoalwater Book Two
ISBN: 1595940952
Price: $15.99

The Light at the End of the Tunnel
Available in eBook format only
Price: $3.99

Chicken Soup for the Soul: All in the Family
ISBN: 0757306209
Price: $12.95

Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Resolutions
ISBN: 075730141X
Price: $12.95

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Children with Special Needs
ISBN: 0757306209
Price: $12.95

A Chicken Soup for the Soul Christmas
ISBN: 0757306462
Price: $12.95

Chicken Soup to Inspire the Body & Soul
ISBN: 075730141X
Price: $12.95

Chicken Soup for the Dieter’s Soul
ISBN: 0757305555
Price: $12.95

Chicken Soup for the Mother and Son Soul
ISBN: 0757304036
Price: $12.95

Chicken Soup for the Fisherman’s Soul
ISBN: 0757308800
Price: $12.95

Chicken Soup for the Mother & Daughter Soul
ISBN: 075730088X
Price: $12.95

US Shipping is $2.50 for the first book, and $1.00 for each additional book.
If you would prefer to pay via check/money order, please send your order, along with payment to: PerryPerkinsBooks – PO Box 21 – Wilsonville, OR 97070

Any questions? Feel free to drop me an email at