Okay, so I know I made some remarks recently about how little good it seemed to do placing all of my books in print. Print doesn’t even make up half a percent of what I make in sales, and the formatting is an absolute nightmare for someone as tech-challenged as me. It really hasn’t seemed worth the effort.
Another issue about putting my books in print is that as an indie publisher, I’m pretty much relegated to the print-on-demand category. This means that when someone orders one of my books in a physical medium rather than electronic, it is printed up at that time, ‘on demand’. That makes it expensive to the readers. Shalia’s Diary Book 1, with only 65,000 words, is an $8.99 book in print. Ouch. Since I’m trying to keep costs down for readers who prefer print, I make as little as three cents a sale. You read that right: depending on where you buy my book, I might make only three pennies on that 8.99. It’s nuts, but I can’t fathom asking people to lay down a ton of hard-earned money on something I offer for free on the internet. Nine bucks is more than pushing it, if you ask me, even for a full-length novel.
I’d pretty much decided to no longer bother with print versions of my books. A lot of self-published writers don’t these days. Then this whole mess with e-books being taken down by distributors including Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Satan – oops, I mean Amazon – started up. Sister Katherine was taken down in the purge, though I was able to get it re-instated. Amazon’s weird cover guidelines have taken Shalia’s Diary Book 1 and Alien Refuge off the general searches – at least the e-book versions. The print versions are still showing up in the All Departments search with the delicious artwork right there for all to see. Way to go with hiding that adult content, Amazon. Great job, as usual.
Oh yeah, you might have noticed I mentioned Shalia’s Diary Book 1 is now available as a print book. So is Sister Katherine. Coming in the next week or so will be To Clan and Conquer, Clan and Conviction, and Ravenous Virtue. In the wake of the latest nonsense, I decided to do my best to ensure readers could find my books in some format. A few of you have told me you have decided to snag tree books in case your e-books go bye-bye. Better safe than sorry, right?
So now you can pick up the latest Clans of Kalquor book, Alien Caged, in print along with the other books I’ve mentioned. From this point on, I’ll shut up about the rigors of print formatting vs. the return. In short, I’ll do my job and be happy about it. No more whining, I promise.
Shalia’s Diary Book 1