Satyr's ecological costs:

Maze of the Blue Medusa is manufactured by Friesens, a company that adheres to above-average ecological standards. I'm light on packaging. And other than charging my laptop, I've got no overhead.

When you buy a book directly from

For Maze of the Blue Medusa, Zak was paid an advance of $2000, and Patrick an advance of $1000. Once the costs of the print run, designer payments ($4100), shipping supplies, and advances are recouped (total: $30,922.52), Zak will receive 21% royalties on print and digital copies sold, Patrick 23% royalties on print and digital copies sold, and its designer (Anton Khodakovsky) will receive 4% royalties on print and digital copies sold.

For example: When you buy Maze of the Blue Medusa from, I walk to the post office and mail you that book. The money Satyr receives goes towards current Satyr authors and future Satyr authors.

I love everything about selling books directly to readers. Satyr makes the most money this way, which means Satyr authors and artists make the most money this way and Satyr is more likely to publish more books.

When you buy a Satyr book from an independent bookstore:

Most bookstores pay Satyr 60% of each book's listed price. Some bookstores also stock Satyr titles on consignment, meaning that they don't pay Satyr until someone buys a Satyr title from their store. The percentage paid is often similar to the 60/40 retail split.

Getting bookstores to pay on time is difficult. Contacting book buyers can be difficult, too. That said, the thrill that I receive from the fact that bookstore patrons accidentally discover, buy, and then read Satyr books from their favorite local bookstores is worth the hassle.