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Old 04-30-2014, 09:00 AM   #1
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Published Another Book -- Will it Sell?

Well, I've got another book out.

"Whoa, Dude, pace yourself!"

Click here to see it.

This book is different. It only took a few weeks to write. It's for authors who are creating a paperback version of their book. Here's a blurb about it (CreateSpace is the Print-on-Demand publisher affiliated with Amazon):
When I was formatting a CreateSpace version of my book Drive, Ride, Repeat, I had to decide on margins, headers, footers, font face, font size, and paragraph style (block or indented). I could go with smaller margins and/or smaller fonts to reduce the page count. I could have blank lines between paragraphs, or use indented paragraphs. Wow, what a lot of decisions I had to make!

My problem was that without holding a physical book in my hand, I couldn't get a good feeling for how these options would affect the appearance of my creation. Sure, I could get representations on my computer screen, but the book was going to be hardcopy, so I wanted to see the examples in hardcopy. On your computer screen there's no way to know, for example, whether the text will be lost in the inner margins, or whether it will be big enough to read comfortably. I wanted to open a real book, and see what combinations of these specs made it readable. I looked, but couldn't find a physical book with samples of different layouts.

I was so sure that people would want this, that I quickly put it together. It was easy to do, but required a lot of attention to detail to get everything right.

Was I right that people will need this and buy it? Early indications are: No

It's been out for five days, and no one has purchased it yet. So, we'll see.

If it doesn't sell, I won't mind. It was an interesting exercise, and if I hadn't written it, I'd always wonder.
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Old 05-01-2014, 10:31 PM   #2
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I used CreateSpace for a recent book I published (number 5 and my first shot at self publishing). It's a great resource, you just have the interest to learn how to work in it.

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Old 05-02-2014, 11:03 AM   #3
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Yes, I'm very impressed with CreateSpace. Everything works smoothly, there tech support is pretty good, and it's amazing to publish a printed book with a total outlay of only a few dollars (if you order a physical proof, otherwise $0).

I've sold two copies now.
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So I can buy the physical book for $5 and it ships free when the minimum order size it met?

If so, I didn't know self-publishing was that inexpensive.

I imagine there's value in your book, T-Al. I bet it would take marketing and getting in front of the write people. Writer's forums, self publishing forums, trade shows.
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When will your self-publishing house arrange the nationwide book signing and promotion tour?
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When will your self-publishing house arrange the nationwide book signing and promotion tour?
Having published four books through the normal channels (three from Simon and Schusters Pocket Books division and one from a small press on Cape Cod) I can assure you that, as a mid-list author, the major publishing houses do NOTHING for their authors.

So, whether you self-publish or go through the normal publishing channels, you are effectively on your own.

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So I can buy the physical book for $5 and it ships free when the minimum order size it met? ....
If done through CreateSpace you can order the book via Amazon. The author sets their price and then gets a substantial commission for each sale (much more than if the book were published using a publishing house).

The author can buy their own books at a nominal cost (mine, 240 pages with B&W photos, is around four dollars each, plus shipping costs. It's a specialty book, Practical Handgun Training).

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The author can buy their own books at a nominal cost (mine, 240 pages with B&W photos, is around four dollars each, plus shipping costs. It's a specialty book, Practical Handgun Training).
Cool. I've given some thought to pulling together an e-book. Maybe I can make it a physical book without much more cost and time.

Although I'd have to pony up $5 to T Al for the style guide.
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Two books in less than 6 months? That makes you a prolific writer in my book. Keep publishing and one will bound to be a home run. Don't forget us when you win a Pulitzer someday.
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Send a copy to John Stewart.
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