Hidden coil, eBook on CD, Create Space … a multitude of options!
For the next 13 days, we’ll be taking a little detour from the traditional marketing posts you’ve come to know and love on the Marcie Brock blog as I lead by example and follow my own writing prompts for the Author Blog Challenge.
Day 16 writing prompt:
Did you publish your book as a traditionally printed book, an eBook, or both? How did you come to your decision? Which company(ies) did you use for printing and distribution? How did you select them?
Because 1,001 Real-Life Questions for Women was designed as a workbook, the most important thing when it came to printing was a format that would make it useful to the readers. Lay-flat paperback binding is, in my experience, more a theory than a reality. I wanted the women who buy my book to be able to write in it easily, whether they’re right or left handed.
To that end, it began as a spiral book.
However, the spiral setup has a couple drawbacks. (1) Spiral books have no spines, which bookstores prefer. (2) They are a lot less sturdy than other binding formats.
Our next step was a three-ring notebook format. This appealed to me for several reasons. Readers could pull out the pages (a) to take the questions in small segments, (b) to write on them, or (c) to make copies for discussion groups. It also has a spine. The drawback is that it doesn’t “look like a book.”
My goal is to do the next printing using a hidden coil technique that combines the best of both worlds.
In the meantime, I’m working on formatting the book for Kindle and also creating a paperback version, with only the questions (as opposed to a workbook format). Right now, the full 8½ x11 version is available as a PDF eBook on my website. I’ve also made the PDF available on CD, making the eBook a physical deliverable.
The whole thing is a truly indie effort, so far reliant only on a few local printers. When the paperback version is ready to go, my plan is to use CreateSpace. I know there’s been a lot of pushback on Amazon – most of it for good reason. However, after all this time, I just want to get it done, out, and released to the world.
We welcome and encourage your thoughtful, courteous comments below.
In honor of our 1-year anniversary (May 2, 2012), we’re hosting the Author Blog Challenge! It starts June 2 and is open to published authors, authors-in-progress, and would-be authors. Come check us out!