Sparrow wrote:Who did you use to self publish through? I run a collaborative fiction group, Peculiar People, and I've published our books through Lulu and then recently switched to CreateSpace since it's cheaper now. They are so much easier and less expensive than the subsidy places. I did our first one through Xulon and they were fine but so expensive. Once I figured stuff out I realized I could do all that myself except the cover and I found someone to do that for me. Actually now I've learned how to use PhotoShop and can even do some of that myself.
I initially released as an eBook only through Amazon and Smashwords (who distributed to Apple, B&N, Kobo, Sony, etc). I initially shied away from on-demand printing because I didn't feel I could attractively price a book that would make it worth the effort.
After receiving some feedback, I found that Christian readers seem to have a wide disparity of choice in reading mediums. While some had adopted the newer eBook medium, there's still a significant number that preferred a "good 'ol fashioned printed book". (Note: While I hope to appeal to a mainstream audience, I knew that my book would likely start with Christian readers, and work out from there).
So I recently started to work through Createspace (between re-editing and writing another book). It took a bit of time to conquer the learning curve behind formatting a printed book, but my first proof arrived a couple of weeks ago. I have to admit that it was an unexpected joy to hold my book in print for the first time. I didn't expect to have that reaction, and my formatting choices looked great. The physical book itself (materials, binding, etc.) was of good quality, and not unlike the many professionally published of similar size in my bookshelf. Some minor tweaks were needed and a second proof is currently en-route to me. If all goes well, I'll have it up for sale this month.
Not sure how many copies will sell, but it turned out to be a no-brainer to have it offered in print. My next book will hopefully be released as an eBook this month too, and I plan to have that in print much sooner.
Covers - Ah, covers. I'm in a similar predicament. No budget for a professional, and my skills are mediocre. The best I could do was to come up with something that was doable - until a time comes when I have a budget for it. But that's risky. Once a book is out there, it becomes recognized by it's cover. Any changes down the road can lead to confusion, particularly as it (hopefully) sells more. I also wrote in a genre in which I wanted to stay away from the cliched sci-fi "geeky" look. So I tried to go with a minimalist generic look that would be easily recognizable. I suppose time will tell if I made the right choice.
So is "Peculiar people" a description of the authors in your group, or the name? Or both?