…aka, covering the market.
I’m publishing my book in a few different ways.
This is Amazon’s POD service. I’m using this for the print copies. It’s a paperback book, about 6×9 inches. I’m aiming for 272 pages. Cost will be $10.99. I know this is a lot for a debut, self-pubbed novel, but it’s the cheapest price where I don’t have to pay for each copy sold. Remember: self-publishing is NOT free. The author has to cover the cost of printing each copy before any royalties are earned.
Yeah, I know. Kindle’s Amazon, isn’t it, just like Createspace? But as it turns out, they are two completely different publishing endeavors, even if they are part of the same company. Publishing on Createspace does not automatically put my book in Kindle, or vice versa.
The problem with Amazon, is that they only provide your e-book in a Kindle format. But since a few people out there have iPads, Sony’s, Nooks, whatever… I need to provide my book in a format they can use. Hence, Smashwords.com, which offers the book in all epub formats, including…. wait for it… Kindle.
I’m not sure how this works, really. But from a consumer standpoint, I think you’ll be able to go to either Amazon or Smashwords and find my book. If you search on Amazon, you’ll get the option of either Kindle or paperback. If you search on Smashwords, you’ll get the option to purchase the e-book for whichever reader you have. Including pdf for your computer.
Both companies offer access to full-scale distribution outlets, which means you should be able to find the book by searching online at other venues, such as Borders.com, or Apple’s e-store. And of course, I’ll have links on my website and Facebook page. I’ll probably also keep a few physical copies on hand to sell at… well, at whatever I can round up. Or sign and mail to you if you want an autographed copy.
Hmmm. Do I charge for shipping in that case?
I write about time travel, but as far as I know, we can only access time in one direction. Which is why I’ve been giving lots of thought to the status of SHIPBUILDER. Whatever decision I make, there’s no going back to fix things.
From the beginning, my dream for this book was to have it available in time for the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s sinking, which is April 15, 2012. I wrote the book as my own, admittedly quirky, homage to Thomas Andrews, her chief designer. He was on board for the maiden voyage, responsible for the shipyard’s Guarantee Group. Their job was to make sure the ship worked perfectly, and to fix whatever wasn’t perfect, whether it was a misplaced mirror in a stateroom, or catastrophic engine failure.
The engines worked fine, of course. But they did have to move a mirror.
Every one of those men died. Thomas Andrews was only 39 years old, with a much-loved wife, a 2-year old daughter, and parents and siblings and cousins who all loved him. I know he wanted to live. And I know he died devastated, heartbroken that his beautiful ship could not save those 1500 people who depended on her for their lives. He would have done anything to fix that.
So I wrote a time travel novel. To give him another chance.
I know it’s fantasy. The ship is still at the bottom of the ocean, and Thomas Andrews long ago became part of that deep sea. But in the spirit of honor for his legacy, I announce that my book, THE TIME TRAVEL JOURNALS: SHIPBUILDER, will be available in print and e-book formats in September 2011.
I’ll chronicle the adventure as I navigate through the sometimes murky waters of self-publishing. I have a lot to learn. And there’s no going back to fix things.