I have spent a LOT of time this week researching different ways to get my book out. BOY! Is it interesting....and depressing.
I think the one thing I've really learned is that publishing is something that makes the publisher's money and the author.....not so much. Financially it doesn't make a lot of sense, releasing patterns individually seems to be more profitable.
Royalties is such a funny word...it makes you think of riches when in truth it's pennies.
The e-book thing which I wanted to do because it really appealed to my 'save the trees' nature and which looked so promising at first look with 70% commission turned out to be disappointing because the limits for that 70% commission are strict and wouldn't include what I want to put out. So, then it drops to a mere 35%! Plus they can put your book on sale anytime they want and just give you 35% of the sale price....so much for having the freedom to set your own price!
At this point I've decided to finish the book and then decide how I want to proceed. The options that look good to me right now, and which I could ostensibly do all of them, are....
- putting it on CD & packaging it in a DVD case with a nice little booklet showing all the design projects
- going with a company that stores files and makes them downloadable automatically upon payment, then build my own website to sell an e-book from
- have a printed version available from my online stores through a Print On Demand (POD) company.
Other things that are up in the air is whether I need to combine chapters. When I first set out to write a book I had six chapters that covered different techniques, then I decided to turn each chapter into a volume and fill it out with more versions/variants of the components/projects which would show much more of the design process. That may still be the way I go, particularly if I go the CD route....I am looking at cases that snap together and cases that hold multiple CDs so the individual volumes become a collection.
At the moment I'm considering blending two chapters for each volume....but that will depend on just how big the first chapter ends up being.
The date for release on my big white board, May 2nd, seems like an impossibility at this point....I've felt like I've been treading water this week, working hard to just stay afloat...the catching up I did after being sick has dissipated and I am so far behind again. Trouble is, all the research has disillusioned me...not to mention when I've been working on the same designs and variations for so long they begin to look old and boring to me. I know they are not from all the great feedback I get, it's just my muse's need to move to the next things so quickly.
So...for those of you waiting for me to release the first volume of my book...have patience....if I was going through a real publisher you'd have to wait a year :)
On a positive note I am, apparently, the first to blog about the Artbeads Vintage project...YAY! Do I win something? Lol!