Two other suggestions:
- First, consider asking your publisher if you can commit to buying a large quantity of books (1000 or more) off of a press run. If your publisher is agreeable, you'll get your deepest discount this way.
- Second, get the right to buy books against your royalties. If you aren't getting a cash advance against royalties--more typical than getting one--ask to get an advance in the form of books. Of course, this will reduce (or eliminate) your cash royalties down the road. On the other hand, if you can sell your books, this is financially advantageous. Here's how it works. Let's say you have accumulated $1000.00 in royalties payable somewhere down the road. Let's say you have the right to buy your book, which has a $20.00 list price, at a not-all-that-generous 40% discount or $12.00 each. Your publisher lets you take 83 books worth $996.00 at your discount (83 times $12.00) against your royalties owed. You turn around and sell those books at the list price, thus your $996.00 royalty taken as books converts to $1660.00 (83 times $20.00). Of course, you've got to sell the books--but that is the name of the game. It's a good deal.