First I will relate my experience publishing a paperback and then an e-book.
In 2009, I published a paperback booklet and it costs me about $2,000 USD.
Here is a list of some of the expenses:
After I had done all those steps, I mailed my paperback booklet to hundreds of Conservative and Reform Jewish shuls (churches) because my intended customer base was Jewish women. I found the addresses for the shuls by searching internet databases such as the online phonebook.
What were my results?
While not one organization bought mass quantities of my booklet nor consulted with me, the Reform Judaism movement of America started a campaign to promote “18 mitzvot for b’nei mitzva”, which is extremely similar to my booklet “18 beginner mitzvot for women”. They stole my idea and I did not make any money from it! I kid you not. However, despite my sales goal, the goal in my heart was to inspire women to have a closer relationship with our Maker, and that has happened on a scale so large that I could not possibly have imagined so many lives would be improved from my idea to simplify and re-connect. I am proud to have been a part of that. (But I would still like to have a million dollars!)
Continuing with publishing… After my paperback did not sell the 40,000 copies that I hoped it would, I made it an e-book and uploaded it to www.amazon.com via the “self-publish on kindle” website. E-publishing has been fantastic! It costs zero dollars to publish, however, I only make $1.35 per book sold. On the plus side, the money is directly deposited into my checking account via PayPal, so the sales of my e-book are like a perpetual motion machine. I turned it on and it runs independently of effort from me. Last year, I sold over 100 copies – which is insane because there are a gabillion e-books for sale by kindle direct. How does a buyer even find mine? I am extremely satisfied that my tiny e-booklet is selling, but I still want the million dollars! LOL
If you have read this far, then you are a serious author who truly wants to publish your writings. Good for you! You may enlighten us all with the next great novel.
How to E-Publish:
I must mention that this system is simple only for the written word alone. Once you add photographs or artwork, the copyright laws become complex. It is different from these blogs where you are allowed to use anybody’s images (hopefully giving credit to the artist).
And the big news… If you liked this column, you can help me by reviewing my newly completed e-book. It’s some 44,000 words from this blog about my recovery from narcissistic abuse and suicide. Please e-mail me, Rivka, at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a free copy. In return, I ask for a review at www.amazon.com . The reason I am doing this is two-fold. First, I want to share my writing with you, and second, although I have sold 300+ copies of my first e-book, it has only received 3 reviews. It will get more hits if it gets more reviews. Therefore, I also offer free copies of my first e-book “18 beginner mitzvot for women” (which is about reconnecting to God). Please write reviews for the books. While I cannot outright ask for a 5-star review, I’m not sure I want your review if you think the books are garbage! Although, I think Madonna would say that bad publicity is still publicity.
Again, email me, Rivka, for free copies of my e-books. email@example.com
I love you guys and feel so much better since I started blogging. Seriously, I was such a broken vessel after David dumped me. I am not the same woman today. The WordPress community, all of you, helped me to scotch tape my shattered self back together, one blog at a time, both by writing them and reading them. Many of you have become dear friends and I feel loved here. What can I say? You guys are awesome! Now go publish some books.
07 Nov 2014.
“How to Publish Your Writing. – by Rebekah Stein.” is copyright © 2014 by 18mitzvot. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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