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Last year, I decided to give up on print publishing as an indie author, but I have just received a new copy of Pentecost (now STONE OF FIRE) in print and I wanted to share with you why I have returned to printing.
Watch the short video below [~9 mins] or here on YouTube.
Here's my article on why print is vanity publishing and why I went ebook only. I still think authors should consider going ebook first.
Why I am returning to print again
- Book groups, fans, family and friends all want a print copy (plus my ego likes it!)
- Price comparison on Amazon means the ebook looks like a great deal
- I'm not pursuing traditional publication of the ARKANE series anymore (although I am pursuing a deal with another series through my literary agent), so I now want to exploit all rights. I will also be doing audio this year.
- The books are “stable” meaning the ebooks have been through a few iterations and rewrites, typo fixing etc. Plus my own fiction platform and brand is now established at JFPenn.com and I wasn't clear on that when I first published in Feb 2011.
- When I started with print, when I just had one book out, I ended up selling 95% ebooks and very few print anyway. I didn't have a big enough audience and it didn't justify the design costs back then. BUT/ now I have 3 ebooks and the print design is paid for by the ebook sales.
- Go ebook first and then do print once your book and brand have ‘settled down'. Give it at least 6 months so you can see whether you are making enough in sales.
- Use print-on-demand through Createspace.com or LightningSource.com. This is when books are printed and shipped to the customer when they are ordered, and you don't need to buy a huge batch upfront. Printing thousands of books upfront is one of the top mistakes of indie authors. Don't do it unless you are a speaker or have an existing distribution method.
- Use professionals for interior and cover design. I recommend Joel at TheBookDesigner.com, Derek Murphy of CreativeIndie and JDSmith Design.
Find out more about my fiction at JFPenn.com : Ancient Mystery, Modern Thrill.
What have you learned through doing print? What recommendations do you have?
Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.