Originally posted by westcoast
It has been a goal of mine since I was about 8 yrs old to publish a book. I have come close in the past, but lacked the maturity necessary to
accomplish this goal. Finally, I am in a place in my life where I can give the kind of commitment it takes to see a project like this through to the
While I have stayed mainly in the fragile earth forums here at ATS for the past three years, I have played a bit in the writing area and debates. It
has always been a hobby, but it wasn't until an idea came to me this past December for a storyline that I was hooked. I was determined that this
story was going to get told.
I can honestly say I enjoyed writing it from begining to end...and am still excited about it. The main reason I decided to go with the ebook, is that
my goal is to simply put the story out there, to be able to share it with family and friends in an easy/affordable format. It was going to cost me
over 20$/piece just to print out a copy for someone to read, so why not go with an ebook option?(much cheaper, only 4.99) You just never know...I
might make a few bucks, but it isn't my goal.
The biggest reason I am excited right now, sitting here, is knowing that there are several people that are reading my story. Hopefully they are
enjoying it. Being sucked into the world I created for just a little while. What an amazing thing!
SO...if you are looking for something new to read, here is what I've got! This is actually a young adult novel, but I really think adults will like
it just as much. It is a very fast read, with a quick pace and short chapters. I don't want to give too much away, but I think that anyone who
enjoys the topics on ATS, will enjoy the story.(The main character actually uses a 'conspiracy' forum to get some answers ;-) ) It is classified as
science fiction/adventure/thriller. It starts with a meteor shower...and people start getting sick. There is a bit of everything, from a virus, to
ancient secret societies and even crystal skulls.
To get some more info, and links to download you can find it all HERE
The title is Bloodline, with author info provided in the link.
Thanks for taking the time to read my post!
edit on 3-4-2013 by westcoast because: (no reason given)
I've written a book before as well, I originally sold it as an ebook for GBP£19.99 and it was all automatic (people paid and were automatically
emailed the ebook), but I was given advice by a "guru" to get it printed so I could get it into book shops - BIG mistake.
I shopped around and found a printer who could do it for £1.08p per copy (softback) on silk art paper if I bought 5000 copies.
I also had to pay a graphic designer c.£1500 to lay it out and add images.
Problem is that when it's on a shelf in a bookshop next to bigger, hardback books it isn't going to sell for £19.99, so I had to reduce the price to
Then getting it into the bookshops is VERY hard work, the major bookstores use distributors, so you need to get an account with them, but it's hard -
the bookstores won't order unless you have an account with the distributor, and the distributor won't open an account unless you have orders from the
Plus each store is managed locally and the bookstore manager will decide if he's going to stock it or not - so you have to contact them all.
In the end I got it in with the distributor, but they want to make 50% Gross Margin.
So I was selling it to them for £4, which left me with £4, less the £1.08 printing cost = £2.90 profit per copy.
As an ebook my only cost was a 5% paypal fee, so I went from c.£19 profit per copy to £2.90.
But it doesn't end there, you also have to pack the books and ship them to the distributor, which takes time and further eats into your profits.
It took me 18 months to shift the 5000 copies, and my advice to any would be self publishers would be to not bother - you can make far more money and
it's much easier and less hassle to sell it as an ebook.
Plus do you know how heavy and how much space 5000 copies of even a thin paperbook are?
Heavy! and take up a HUGE amount of space!
PS - well done on getting the book out there!
edit on 4-4-2013 by Power_Semi because: (no reason given)