In last week’s blog, we discussed a few things about traditional publishing. With all of its platforms and bells and whistles, there are certainly a lot of options when it comes to going the traditional publishing route. In today’s blog, however, I wanted to get into a few options when it comes to self-publishing.
The first thing that needs to be pointed out, of course, is that if you plan on self-publishing like I am, your sales will come primarily from the ebook format. This is because they are cheaper and easier to get into the hands of readers, but of course there is also a benefit to you in this arena as well. You get to sell it for cheaper, but because of the zero production cost, you also get more money from this than a traditional author would.
Something else to point out is that you want to have a print version available. If you have an ebook and a print version for them to compare its price to, then you automatically entice them to buy the cheaper ebook (provided that you set the price to $2.99 as recommended by Amazon). This may be different on other self-publishing sites, where my knowledge on the sales trends is small, so keep that in mind if you’re not using Amazon.
You can also self-publish without any publisher at all, and instead post your work on a blog. I honestly don’t see the logic behind this move, since an author almost always publishes their work to make a little side money, but if that’s what you want to do, go right ahead. All I can say for sure is that this has become a thing among some more traditional presses.
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