Now Playing: Publishing my ebook to Hard copy
So after much contemplation, I've decided to do a paperback of my ebook. It's not that I have anything against ebooks - they are cool! It's just that I don't know many people who have them, and I think it would be good to have a paperback version of my book for proof that I am published somewhere, somehow....
Now, if I were Pearl Forrester, I would probably get on all sorts of talk shows to talk about my book;however, I am no where near that extroverted. I'm not even sure what I would say. "Please, buy my book."?
But anyway, I just feel more official with a paperbook (hard evidence) and I hope it looks good. I expect the proof tomorrow or the next day.
It didn't really take too long to put it together. I used CreateSpace to publish it, since I did my ebook orginally to Amazon Kindle, I thought I would use Amazon again.
It's nice with the template, I can compare the size to already published books laying around the house. I just happened to find a "Goosebumps" book and used those dimensions. So you just put your document into the Word format tweak it, then export/import to PDF.
The cost for the proof was about $5 plus shipping and handling. What I didn't expect was how pricey I was going to have to make the book cost just to see some royalties. Even with the $39 pro plan, I will only see a 7-cent royalty when it is sold to "expanded distribution channels" with a $10.75 price tag. I wasn't sure if I wanted to do that, but I figure I can afford $40 and it's only $5 for each additional year. Also, it will get my book placed in more places. But $10.75 for a paperback, geez, you'd think it was gold-plated!
It was a 282 page paperback, so maybe that does have some considerable heft to the size, but I was trying to price it at $9.99. I thought that was pricey enough, just under $10. However, if I did that, I wouldn't make any royalty on the thing, and I think I would owe money on it! (If it goes negative on the royalty calculator, that's what I'm assuming.)
So anyway, yes, I went ahead and jumped in and went the paper route with my book.