I took copies of my book into the bookshop yesterday - the one that had requested some to sell. I chatted with the owner and then we got down to the nitty gritty: how much discount?
In my usual efficient way I said, 'Um, I don't know. What would you like?'
She said, 'Normally, with a local author I'd ask for 20%.'
I told her the selling price was £7.99 and she got out her calculator. 'That makes it £6.39 a copy I'll pay you,' she said.
Then I said ... no, wait, can you guess what I said? Husband did when I asked him what he thought my reply would have been.
'Oh, just give me £6 a copy!'