Monday, 20 February 2017

The Archguardians of Laceria in Paperback

   Oh such big news.
   I published my debut fantasy book, The Archguardians of Laceria, back in June last year. But, due to its size, I could only distribute it as an ebook, and I was never 100% happy with that. I didn't feel like a 'real' writer that way, my writing had no real physical presence as a 'book'. I do have a Kindle, but I only bought it a couple of months ago and all that I have on it are reference books. I prefer to read physical books - I love the weight, the feel of the paper, the smell and the very sight of it - so to have my own limited to a digital format always upset me  little.
   But Amazon have just changed the way they publish physical books, and that has just opened up my options.
   In short: The Archguardians of Laceria is now available in paperback, complete with a printed map in the front, an ISBN and everything. I. Can't. Believe. It.

   I do, admittedly, still have a problem with it, and that's the price. To keep costs and materials down - or, rather, to avoid printing hundreds of copies and selling only three - the book is instead print-on-demand, meaning it's printed to order when it's needed. This makes it much more expensive, but unless I'm printed traditionally, or get myself printed via a publishing company, which would cost thousands of pounds, I can't help it. Which means that the painful £16.50 price tag (though it is a complete, 820 page book), which makes me look greedy, only actually makes me about 20p per copy. I could increase the price to make more, but then there would be no hope of it selling, and I really want to just get it out there.

   Having said that, though, it is still available as an ebook for £2.99/$3.75, meaning it is affordable, and I make a considerably larger amount from ebook sales on all platforms. It's available as a Kindle ebook, readable on any Kindle or any device like an ipad or such if the free Kindle app is downloaded, it's available through the Apple iBookstore, and if purchased through Lulu it's also compatible with the Nook and Kobo, too. I'm currently working on getting it up for sale in the Nook and Kobo stores directly. So while the physical copy is over-priced for reasons quite out of my control - indeed, I've listed it at the lowest price Amazon will let me - it is still accessible.

   As you can see, it's not a perfect set-up otherwise I wouldn't have to make excuses for it, but everyone has to start somewhere, and if this is where I start, so be it. Either way, over-priced or not, I feel like a 'real' writer now.

Read a free sample:


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