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Virtual Insanity

Shopping

Why do we do it online?

I think we've gone mad, seriously I do. For nearly 30 years I worked in an Award Winning Indie, we were loved and liked and used...

Then abused.

I even tried being myself and having JUST a shop for ONE place... I went bust.

I tried again with friends, they are just about keeping it going, I had to quit as the idea of yet more misery and maybe going bust again, I just couldn't take it, after all, I'd lost everything maybe my sanity included, or was I always mad?

Anyway, I still do some stuff I like and some stuff I don't, weirdly the stuff I don't like sort of pays the bills and leads me to this blog.

I work for a delivery company, I'm a self employed courier, I hate it, for a few reasons, yes it is out of my comfort zone, I like to talk and discuss books and culture and drink tea etc, you can't do that freezing, dripping, dodging traffic wardens and needing the loo...

That's maybe an age thing occurring sadly...

But, here is the thing, I arrive, bang on your door, I'm pretty sure you are in... but I wait, losing income and getting fed up, after all you've spent more on your needs/wants than I earn in a week and you are luxuriating or whatever... oh no, you are on your mobile phone, maybe smoking and maybe dangling a small urchin of yours and you are in a onesie and look crap... you seem to not realise YOU spent the money bringing me to your door with your goods and you've lost the ability to write, so I get paid less too.

But it was easier to order online wasn't it? 

Going by the returns and 'oh I didn't realise it was'... I'd say not...

But I am old and not with it and prefer reality, which doesn't exist... sadly.

But, here is the crux of it, I need anyone who does want to support me or the wonderful authors/illustrators/poets/performers I work with and enjoy doing so...to ORDER ONLINE

Because I've no actual shop... So I can only do it with you in person, some like that. Or we can socially network without feeling anything here.

So, for now my catalogue of sales is locked in thrall, or on my amaCON shop and they squeeze 20% from it... clever...
So, why not pop to it and have a look it's just beyond books media within amazon.
Or email me and ask for anything... like you used to!

Here is the new idea... tell me you want it and use Paypal on the home page here and I'll give YOU the discount that amazon take...
That seems fair, you save 20% and we are friends, even if we never meet for that cuppa, i stick to Herbal and Earl Grey these days, I'm trying to rejuvenate and not look 52, sadly most people know I'm 52 (well in July actually).

I do some fab events and get signed copies left over, recent ones include Michael Connelly, Elly Griffiths, Joseph Delaney, Rachel Abbott.
I've got Joseph Knox soon and then Karen Hamilton both are fab...

If you follow us on twitter @purplepengpub which is also my partnership with soon to be big Sally-Anne then you'll be aware...

If I can post for free I will, but I'll always tell you what it is before I send anything, I can do 24/48 hour via work... a small perk...
But bear in mind this... IF you are not in..leave a sensible message for the courier to deliver safely, not random neighbours, actual pre-asked and in ones or ones with an open porch that you have spoken too..it really annoys me the way the system works as we get penalised and not paid for trying to do what you have paid for to happen... and it's always the customer who makes the mistakes... sadly!

I will put a shop front on here soon, but it does take time and it's a small part of my life, I hate online really, I'd live without it and share life and love with real people if I could. the problem is they don't exist anymore, they all are online.