Now I have another reason to add to my growing list of reasons of why I'm glad I self-published. Reason number, I don't know, maybe 25: The high cost of putting your book on a book store's web site.
The plan to have a book signing at Barnes and Noble in October got pushed back to December when I found out I had to have Fable available for purchase by the stores first. I went to createspace and they kindly helped me through setting it up for their purchasing site, Ingram.
While I was in the middle of doing this, the guy helping me on the phone did the figures for me to see what my royalties would come out to be after creatspace's, and then B & N's. Guess what, I was negative royalties.
So, needless to say, I had to raise the price of the book. But I had to raise it $3.00, just to get $1.36 per book. I was not pleased. I felt bad because it also raised it with Amazon. The good news is, Amazon kept the price down still.
My first question, to myself, was how in the world do traditional published author's make any money? No wonder they have to charge 25.00 to 30.00 just to make something. And if you are a new author, the chances of you selling books at that price are much slimmer than a New York Times Best Selling Author!
Which brings me back to reason number 25.
So, those of you that plan to still go through a traditional publisher need to remember the high cost of just having their name on your book. First, they have their cut, then the cut of the book sellers. You will be lucky if you make a buck.
Just food for thought.
On a lighter note, we finished Fated and after we run through it one more time, maybe a couple more weeks, it will be ready for our beta-readers! Getting really close!
I hope those who have read Fable are excited about Fated. Just remember this is a side book, one history story of Djenrye, not the second book in the series. But we will start on that real soon!
Also, we will have a table at Denver's MileHiCon this year. October 18-20, so if you are looking for something to do that weekend come on by! I will list the link here for you to check out where. It would be great even if you just stop by for support! Milehicon
Have a great week everyone and if you have any comments, please feel free to share them. I love hearing from you!