1. How does autographing work? What do you mean by “stamped”?
  2. Why should I buy from you instead of directly from Amazon, Kobo, etc?
  3. Why aren’t your e-books discounted when buying direct like your print copies are?
  4. How do the bundle deals work?
  5. I’m in Europe, but when I go to check out, I’m not seeing any VAT charge?

How does autographing work? What do you mean by “stamped”?

Any print books you buy directly from me will be autographed by me at no extra cost. This includes my signature (which admittedly looks like chicken scratch), and for titles under the Anma Natsu name, my applying my artist stamp with the signature, much like Japanese artists do with their works.  Additionally, you can request a short personal note for yourself (or someone else) which will be hand written by me before the stamp is applied.

Unless otherwise requested, all autographing and stamping will go on the title page of the book ordered.  Due to the cover designs and materials, I cannot do autographs on the cover.

If you prefer no autograph, please note so in your order details.

Why should I buy from you instead of directly from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc?

Buying directly from me offers you several benefits:

  • The ability to get autographed print copies – this option isn’t available anywhere else other than Amazon (I have listings in the marketplace there for those who prefer to buy via Amazon) or if someone resells their copy!
  • Lower prices on print copies!  All paperbacks are generally $1-2 off my usual list price, and hardbacks are $2-5 off, with autographing is included free!  When I do cover changes, my direct store is a great way to get a huge bargain on the outgoing cover, often barely above my own base price for buying the copy originally, and you still get the autograph!
  • Both e-book versions for one price – i.e. you get the MOBI/Kindle and ePub versions, not just one or the other; if you ever change readers or apps down the road, you can just go download the other version without having to rebuy it!
  • More flexible bundling options! Amazon is the only seller that lets you do a “match” price for getting print with Kindle, while with me you can do either print with the e-book version and you get both e-book options instead of being limited to Kindle.
  • Exclusive sales – when I do sales on print copies, they only happen here due to the differing nature of how selling to other stories works with physical goods 🙂

If you buy directly from me, it also benefits me as well.  I earn more money per copy with direct sales as I lose less to third-parties, which is why I’m able to offer lower costs.  For the print copies, this can be a significant difference.  The more I earn per copy, the more I can afford to funnel back into my books, allowing me to launch new works faster and hopefully add audiobook versions down the line. 

Why aren’t your e-books discounted when buying direct like your print copies are?

Unfortunately, if I discount my e-book prices permanently on my site, Amazon and some other retailers will automatically price match it so they have the “lowest” price. For whatever reason, they do not do this on print copies, which is why I can “get away” with offering them cheaper without causing a loss of income from other sources.

How do the bundle deals work?

When you buy a bundle deal, you’ll get the selected print format of the book and both digital versions as well. Your email receipt will include the links to download the digital versions once payment is complete, while the print book will be mailed in the usual manner.

I’m in Europe, but when I go to check out, I’m not seeing any VAT charge?

While I am very well aware of the EU’s new VAT laws that took effect January 1, 2015, I also find them to be ridiculous, idiotic, and utterly asinine.  In the past VAT has always applied to the country where the product is sold, which makes sense – much as the Texas state sales tax applies to buyers in Texas because I’m also in Texas and selling them goods.  The new law changes it to be based on where the goods are delivered, essentially stretching the EU’s VAT laws to try to force people around the world to pay taxes to them.  On top of that, the documentation requirements are borderline insane.

Suffice to say, I could rant about it all day long.  But the long and short of it is that unless/until they actually start trying to enforce these new rules on US-based businesses (and succeed), I will not be charging a VAT to anyone in Europe.