First off I just want to mention that I found your column via imanikchick ala livejournal, and I'm glad I found this site! I think your latest column was excellent, and I wanted to make a few comments about your latest post/reply.ross_winn said:1/ So where are you getting 3x to 5x?
6/ Yes, I am pretty familiar with how retail works. Placement and slotting fees are not unique to publishing. I agree that RPGs need to go to a fully returnable model.
7/ Consolidation has value, but no so much value that it is irreplaceable. Since email and web access are so common now it is feasible to deal direct. Many stores are dealing with so many suppliers anyway, that the addition of ten or twelve publishers is not a burden.
8/ Distribution should be the smallest part of the pie, and if they keep performing so poorly then even %5 is too much.