I recently announced the exciting news that I intend to self-publish my first novel, The Sword of Dragons! Okay so that’s not news to long-time followers, but tonight, I’m debating about which mediums to publish through.
My initial thought was to only go for ePublication, and regardless I intend to pursue that route. The beauty of ePublication is that it is free up-front, it’ll cost me nothing to publish through Amazon, Nook, and Kobo, which I’ve discovered are the three big-hitters in ePublication.
However, I thought that a printed product was out of the question. For starters, seeking professional publication was proving fruitless. In fact that was what prompted this, I had become frustrated with my attempts to find an agent or editor, and decided to take my career’s future into my own hands.
Another avenue I considered was a type of service that was a hybrid between self-publishing and traditional. In such services, I would pay up-front the costs for a print run, and the company I paid would also assist with distribution to book stores and marketing. However, for a quality product and a comprehensive distribution, I was looking at many thousands of dollars that I don’t have laying around…
But recently, many people have begun pointing me to Print-on-Demand. I had of course heard of it, but I thought it was prohibitively expensive. I didn’t realize until tonight just how affordable it had become.
Granted, if I went PoD, a printed book would cost more than a traditionally-published paperback or hardcover, but…not by much. Initial research shows I’m looking at about $8/book production cost through lulu.com.
I still have much research to do, but I will say this: the idea is tantalizing. Why? Because I really, REALLY want to have a physical book to hold in my hands. That is a dream I would love to make come true.
There are other considerations as well. Specifically marketing opportunities. I can get booths at conventions and pay for several printed copies that I can then sell at the conventions. Plus it allows me to sign books, which I personally love getting books signed by writers, and am much more likely to buy a book if I can get an autograph.
Plus, there is the consideration of audience. If I only go ePub, I am automatically losing a significant audience of folks who don’t have, don’t want, or can’t afford to view eReaders and don’t want to read books on their laptops or PCs. I don’t want to hurt my chances at becoming a full-time writer by excluding a specific set of readers.
So, what do you all think? As readers, what do you want? Would you all prefer a hard-copy or and ePublished novel? Why?
Thanks for reading! :)