So now I’ve finished converting all 22 of my e-books to paperback format. They are available at CreateSpace. But I warn you, They cost a zillibuck. Why would anyone pay that for a 300 page paperback? I have no idea. I know I wouldn’t pay it.
But it is a goal and now I can say to all the other authors that taunt me that my stuff is available in print also.
I am still working on numbers 23 and 24. Hahahahahahah
- It didn’t happen when it was politicians.
- It didn’t happen when it was black churchgoers.
- It didn’t happen when it was country music fans.
- It didn’t even happen when it was schoolchildren.
- It ain’t gonna happen when it’s white churchgoers.
Can the anti-gun control crowd explain why we cannot keep semiautomatic rifles out of the hands of crazy people? I am a gun owner. I know the utility of weapons. I understand why a hunter needs thirty rounds of rapid fire to kill a deer¹. But should that limited need mean that anyone can get one anytime they want? I’m just askin’.
¹Said with tongue very firmly in cheek.
If so, you are probably in the minority of humans. I have been recently converting all my e-books to paperback format so they are available for those that want a real book instead of electronic bits held together by magic.
I found this outfit (you all probably knew about them long before this) called Createspace, where they do POD (print-on-demand) books. That means there is no money exchanged until a customer actually throws down hard money. at which time Createspace prints the book and ships it to them.
Converting the books from text documents to a printable form has been an education. A print book is far more complex than a grouping of electronic charges. I have 21 books. So far I have converted 5 of them. And I think maybe I am wasting my time.
You see, at the end of the process, when you finally have a print-ready interior and cover, and have chosen the print size, cover finish, and such, they tell you what the minimum cost must be. That is the cost to print the thing, plus their profit. Nothing for the author. Even that price, the minimum, is more than most would be willing to pay. A common 200 page paperback costs $7.52 to print. That means if the author is to get anything, he must charge at least $8.00.
And that is absurd. You can go to a normal mall bookstore and get professionally printed paperbacks for the same or less.
The bigwigs like James Patterson or the well-known like Tom Hanks get their books printed in bulk by their publisher as a benefit. The legions of self-publishers do not get this, so their actual paper books are prohibitively priced.
That is why I do not expect to ever sell one of these. And I might just give up on converting them. It takes a lot of tedious formatting and is unlikely to get much ROI.