I’ve been MIA for a while, and I have a good reason. I’m testing the waters with self-publishing physical copies of my new book! Pre-orders are coming soon, likely by November. I’m planning a cover reveal on October 31st, just to keep up the hype.
More importantly though, I’m hoping to chronicle the steps taken towards self-publishing, to give you a better idea of what to expect.
After shopping around and reading reviews, I’ve decided to go with Lulu – which I’m sure you’ve heard of. I’ve heard great things, but also horrific stories about misprints. I’m going in with high hopes and low expectations, as I do with most things. The plan is to start small (which is good for any small time writer out there). Scaling up is the goal, so I’m setting realistic expectations for myself. I only plan on getting x amount of copies, and I only need to sell half to break even.
Think of it this way:
1.) You write a book that’s about 200-300 pages.
2.) You need approximately $200 to get 20 copies. Add in whatever the cost of shipping will be (and I mean shipping to your customers, the $200 included basic shipping from Lulu).
3.) Sell your book anywhere between $15 and $20. You’ll see a profit.
It’s remarkably easy to get this done – just keep your expectations realistic. You’re not gonna become a millionaire, but you’ll be on the right path.