Thinking about how to get my weighty tome into print.
Should I try to find a small publisher who’ll print a handful of copies and then aim to get a bigger one to take it on afterwards if the first book takes off…
Should I buy and ISBN and publish it myself? Yeh with a one year old, like I really have the time… even so… should I? There’s the internet, this blog might help if I knuckled down and wrote on it regularly – needs to be about more than submitting to agents then or there’ll be one post every seven or eight weeks. Perhaps, then…when he goes to school maybe?
Should I wait until I finish the trilogy and publish it electronically? That way I can give away the first volume, only charging for the other two. I picked up a copy of Writer’s Forum magazine recently which cited a chap called Dave Moody who did just that – giving away his second book free he ended up with 500,000 readers, most of whom bought the book anyway. He now has a contract at Orion.
If I’ve already developed a readership with the first free download then presumably they are more likely to pay to read about the second series of adventures. However, if my readers turn out to want a hard copy, too, like Dave Moody’s then I am guessing it would be smart to sort out a reasonably professional hard copy before I make the download available.
Other authors have given away a couple of chapters free…
Then there’s the whole podcast thing. Think Radio 4 play for today – as I understand it – except you do it yourself. What a scream, I wonder if my brother and some mates would be prepared to spend a weekend making podcasts of my book.
Check this chap out – J C Hutchins the page this link takes you to explains it better than I could. Again, he gave away his book as a podcast and now he has a publishing contract.
Hmm… it’s a thought… and bearing these things in mind I have contacted a friend, Rodney Dale.
Rodney used to attend the same writer’s group as I did and runs Fern House Publishing . Reading his website, I discover he set up Fern House to publish his own work but went on to publish the work of others – or as he puts it.
Following his long experience in the trade as a writer, editor and producer, Rodney Dale set up Fern House in 1995, initially to publish his own work of fiction About Time before going into hospital – in case it was the last thing he did! However, it wasn’t, and Fern House has gone on to publish another dozen or so titles .
He has kindly agreed to meet me to help out and discuss the pros and cons of self publishing with me… I do get the feeling it is much trickier for people who write fiction but at the same time, though I would love to earn some money, all I really want is for people to enjoy my book.
More on this story as it unfolds..