Drop Shipping For Self Publishing Authors
Electronic Data Interchange more commonly known as EDI is the electronic interchange of data between companies. This can take place with "any data", sales information, customer shipping address, purchase orders etc.
Why is EDI important to self publishers? The answer is simple, authors must embrace the idea of Direct To Customer Marketing and Sales, better known as D2C. This is because as retailers like Amazon constantly review their fees and it will easily erode the profits of products like books that carry already slim margins.
EDI Cloud powered by Speedy Publishing allows authors to list their books on stores like eBay using EDI. The process allows you to post your own titles to Amazon.Com, eBay, Google Shopping, Half.Com, Rakuten and hundreds of other ecommerce stores.
Sales and ordering is automated with our EDI Cloud Based Service. All sales flow through to your PayPal account and orders are processed easily. This the perfect D2C service for self publishers, medium and even large publishing companies.
Our EDI service allows you to switch on sales to large retailer services such as
- Amazon Author Advantage
- Barnes and Noble
- Baker & Taylor
- Rakuten (Play.Com)
How it works:
- First submit your Book Metadata and Files to be held in the cloud.
- Next Add Your Sales & Payment Processing Information
- Wait For A Confirmation Email that your Book(s) have been added to the cloud
- Copy the feeds you need to provide to Retailers (e.g. eBay Feed, Google Shopping Feed)
Begin promoting your book on these retail platforms.
Sit back and watch the cash roll in!
Let Speedy Publishing and its subsidiary EDI Bookstore handle your Supply Chain Management.
Our retail supply chain for books is the only one made for medium to small publishing companies and self-publishers as well. Our in house EDI experts create feeds that you use with your retail partners. Simply add the snippet URL and we do the rest.
You price your book, we ship and deliver. We provide your retail partners with a copy of the tracking number to ensure that you meet the minimum requirement standards to remain selling on the platform.
This is the most unique method of electronic trading for self-publishers. Hundreds of organizations rely on our EDI solutions every day to connect with more than thousands of book retailers and distributors, including eBay, Amazon and Google Shopping.
Become EDI compliant and grow your self-publishing business. We have expertise in delivering on-demand EDI services supported by in house retail supply chain professionals. We understand your supply chain, your readers and retailers requirements and make connecting with them easy.
5 Tips For Speedy Drop Shipping
Just because you don't have a huge warehouse full of books doesn't mean you can't make a successful living off of ecommerce. Ecommerce has a solution for people with little inventory space. Drop shipping is a type of system where you take the orders on our site and ship those orders directly from the supplier to the customer. If you want to expand your ecommerce store, drop shipping is a great way to increase sales and inventory without actually spending the money for storage space.
Do Your Homework When Finding Suppliers
Unfortunately, with drop shipping, your reputation and customer service depend a lot on your supplier. You want to find the best supplier, because this increases your overall revenue. However, cheap doesn't always mean the supplier is reliable. You need a supplier that will ship orders fast, answer your inquiries quickly and ship orders from a geographically close location to your customers. Speedy Publishing offers this reliable shipping and prompt customer service to ensure that you can reach out to your customers promptly. We also provide with up to date tracking numbers.
You NEVER run out of stock because your products are POD and even if customers want to return products even if there is nothing faulty with them we can handle that too. All of these issues involve we can take care of, Speedy Publishing is organized and willing to take on some customer service responsibility to help our publishers get set up correctly.
Sell Books That Are Yours – Sell Books That Aren’t Yours
If you have books listed with Speedy Publishing then the feed is absolutely free for your own book. However if you would like to sell other books from other authors or be able to collaborate with other authors then we can have that discussion and make that decision to open upo a feed for you to sell more content.
Selling other books means you also need to answer questions from current and potential customers. If you don't know the books, you have a disadvantage and could get scammed by a supplier. You must know the title well to do your homework when searching for an author to collaborate with. You can also market and write content based on your books more efficiently and with more expertise when you know the titles that you are listing.
Listing Titles from More Than One Supplier / Retailer / Author
What happens when your main supplier or retailer falls through? Or the author pulls the title? Maybe a business disagreement severs your relationship with your supplier. You need backup or your ecommerce site will suffer. To keep your site safe from a flaky supplier or author, you should always have at least one or a few backup suppliers.
Some suppliers won't do business with you if you don't buy in bulk or at least purchase product regularly. You can keep both suppliers (your main and your backup) happy by regularly purchasing from both of them.
Frequently buy from the supplier you trust the most, but keep the backup happy by purchasing the minimum amount of product each month so you don't lose him.
Give Customers Reasonable Expectations
With drop shipping, you rely on your Speedy Publishing to ship your books. You want a supplier like Speedy Publishing to ship products fast, but sometimes we need a little time before we send packages, such as if there is a storm etc that might delay shipping we will send you a notification email.
What you should do is give reasonable shipment times on your web pages. It's better to overshoot your delivery dates and deliver early than give customers unrealistic deadlines. If you give your customers reasonable deadlines, you won't have as many customer service issues and you will have repeat customers instead of losing them after the first order.
Don't Forget Website SEO
Ecommerce competition online is fierce, so you won't be the only one with a drop-shipping business. Drop shipping has become much more popular over the years, so it's given more people the opportunity to create online web stores. Make sure you read Google's guidelines and fully understand SEO concepts and digital marketing. Avoid buying links, and only create high quality content. If you skimp on these two factors, you can find yourself with a manual penalty from the search engine. Manual penalties destroy online sales and revenue.
Online marketing and SEO involve networking with other people in the business, connecting with your customers, creating some buzz that earns you some backlinks, and social media. It takes time to build your rank, but it can be done with hard work and patience. Most good SEOs use social media at some level. You can create business pages in Facebook and Google G+. Twitter, Pinterest and Flickr are also common ways to draw traffic to your site. If you're in a highly competitive niche, you will probably need ads such as Adwords.
These five tips will help you get started and create an ecommerce store that survives in the long-run. You might need to spend money to make some money, but ecommerce and drop shipping are rewarding ways to make money online.