Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Oh, another thing about this Fascination project: It cost me not one dime in pre-publication expenses. Sure, time is money, and I spent quite a bit of time figuring out the best way to do this. Also finding the best free stock photos I could dig up and designing my cover. But none of it cost any money.
I fear that self-publishing will tack back toward the exploitative business that vanity publishing once was. (See this cautionary post by David Gaughran.) Writers will, or have already, become more like the gold miners of California after ‘49 — they won’t make any money, but the people who serve them will. Back then it was Levi sellers, today it’s ebook formatters, cover designers, and promotional companies. They say you have to spend money to make money, but it’s pretty ridiculous that you have to spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars (if you factor in editing, proofreading, and design) on a book that will never reap a tenth of it.
Bottom line? The only money I’m spending to get Fascination into the hands of readers is the minute PayPal fee on each sale. Small price to pay for convenience, so no biggie.
No doubt in my mind that this isn’t the best way to sell all indie books. Maybe very few indie books. But if you have something different that you want to run up the flagpole but don’t want to drop a lot of cash on the project, here’s a way to get your work in front of some eyeballs.
Who knows? The response might be positive enough to justify the expenses of the usual self-publishing vehicles.