I thought for today, I would share my unique experiences/viewpoint on the wonderful world of self-publishing. I say unique because I'm one of those rare breeds that have accomplished the publishing trifecta: published through normal means, published through vanity, and published through an indie platform.
We'll completely skip being published through normal means because the cost of doing so is basically zero if you don't have an agent, 15% if you do, and go right to the other two-thirds of the trifecta.
Being published through a vanity is a basically a case of not spending your greenbacks wisely, because let's face, shelling out dollars to someone to publish your book as is, repeat as is, is stupid. I should know, because I did it myself, and it took me about three years to recover from the financial hit. The only silver lining out of being published via a vanity publisher is that the books you wind up buying can be used to set up shop as a boutique store (i.e. Books By G.B. Miller) and thus file a Schedule C on your federal taxes. For those of you who are wondering about the financial hit, overall it cost me somewhere in the general neighborhood of $2300.
Now, being published by an indie platform, which in my case is both Smashwords and CreateSpace/Amazon. In each particular case, the greenbacks that were spent, were spent wisely.
The total outlay of funds for re-releasing my commercial debut in both formats is approximately $265. No greenbacks were spent on editing as it was already professionally edited when it was originally released under a different title. The greenbacks were spent elsewhere:
1} $50 for formatting the e-book version.
2} $120 for formatting the print version.
3} $75 for both covers.
4} $15 for copy of book & postage to contest winner for the new title of the book.
So as you can see, the greenbacks were spent where they were supposed to be spent: formatting and graphic design. And just like with the previous title, the only fixed expenditure will be the royalty split between myself and indie platforms, which in this case is Smashwords and CreateSpace/Amazon.
$265 versus $2300.
Now, unless you work for the guv'ment on any particular level, spending $265 on a product makes hell of lot more sense that spending $2300 on the exact same product. Don't you think?
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