…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?