This Week in Self-Publishing: The Future of My Book

This Week

Books sold: 1 ebooks, 1 paperbacks

Money earned: $6.46 (No, I don’t know why this number is higher than last week’s, maybe a sale got recorded last week but the money didn’t arrive until this week?)

Money spent: $0

Total

Books sold: 342 ebooks, 138 paperbacks

Money earned (book sales): $1,272.75

Money earned (Patreon): $6,909

Money spent: $4,820.71


One of the benefits of self-publishing—in theory—is that you don’t have to worry about what will happen if your publisher shuts down.

But here I am, with Pronoun announcing that it’ll stop distributing books in January, trying to figure out what to do next.

I have a handful of options. I could send The Biographies of Ordinary People through another distributor, like Draft2Digital or Reedsy’s Blurb—and I did enjoy working with Reedsy on their weekly short story contest—or I could do all the distribution myself.

Or… I could submit Biographies to a hybrid publisher, and relaunch the book with the benefit of their marketing/distribution/publicity teams.

Since one of my big questions about Vol. 2 was whether I was going to hire an outside publicist, working with a hybrid might be one way to get that done. I know I could just hire a publicist directly, and that could still be an option if the hybrids turn me down—because you do have to submit, and they don’t take everybody.

My goal was always to get Biographies to the largest number of readers while earning the highest amount of royalties and maintaining as much creative control as possible. I mean, that was even my goal when I was querying agents and considering the trad pub route. (You might remember the conversation I had with an agent where she told me I could rewrite Biographies to make it more commercially marketable, or keep what I had and sell it as “an art book that would appeal to a select few.” I guess the choice I made kinda contradicted the whole “sell to the largest number of readers” goal, but also she said I had made art.)

So I’m going to submit Biographies to two hybrid publishers and… you know, see what they say. Let them make me an offer, assuming I pass the submission process. I’ll also ask about sales numbers; I’ve looked at some of their authors’ books online and taken note of their Amazon reviews and sales rankings, but that only shows part of the equation—and the part I’m interested in is whether I’ll earn back my investment.

And if that doesn’t work, I’ll sign up with another distributor and keep publishing. ❤️

Photo credit: amslerPIX, CC BY 2.0.

 

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