November was National Novel Writing month, so on the 13th, three published authors gave talks on how to get your novels into print. This part of the tour takes place at Heysham and Preston, in Lancashire. Full details are on this link. See Twitter @authorwingfield for details and reports. Contact the mail account, Joinus@ if you would like further details.

The Idea

The Inca (Incorporating No Conventional Authors) site is a free bazaar where any author who has a stock of their own books at home and wants to sell directly to the readers can have a link added. Conventionally, there is no contact between author and reader, but here, it becomes more personal. Author, in order to list your book, you must have a stock of your work ready for sale (or be working on a book you need us to help you with). You might be a batch you have bought from your publisher, or you may have entered into a contract with an agency that charges you to have your books printed, and have supplied you with stock. Either way, from this site, you will be able to satisfy the customer order directly, and ship from your own home.
We promote sales of listed books, by encouraging the authors who use the site to purchase those from other authors on the site. This way, everybody wins, and those boxes of unsold masterpieces gradually get used up. When they're gone, the products can be delisted, or you can reorder another batch. If you are a reader after something specific, you should grab the books while they are here if you want signed copies.

Can we publish your book?
Not in the conventional sense. If you already have a stock of books, we will list them on our site at no cost for you. If you are still working on your manuscript, we can help you get it into a perfect state ready for printing, and then link you with a short-run printer, who for a very reasonable price will produce as few as 20 copies for you to sell from home, either via this site, or to distribute to outlets such as bookshops, libraries, etc. If you don't want that hassle, the formatted book can be submitted directly to a retailer instead, although the royalty you receive will be after their printing costs, and therefore less than you selling direct. 

So, what's in it for the Incas?
* Helping authors with a problem of a stock of unsold masterpieces gradually falling apart in loft or garage, by giving them an extra outlet to move the books on.
* To minimise the risk and outlay of self-publishing for authors, buying their own stock.
* To improve the standard of self-published works. All the books for sale are checked via the Incas for quality of both format and content.
* To promote our services. We provide formatting, editing, proof, design, and marketing advice for authors. You don't need to take any of these, though. If you already have a quality product, the listings are still free. We take no commission on your sales; the contract is directly between author and customer.

After reading the information on the Joining page, please contact us via the links at the bottom or through our email, Inca at the full domain name. For general enquiries, or to contact the Team, use the same address.

The Team

Disclaimer: In the event of you having problems, the Inca Project holds no accountability on any level. You visit this site on the understanding that you waive your rights to any attempt at litigation against us for any reason.
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