Oh the joys of switching Internet provider (insert a long suffering sigh here). This may go some way towards explaining my lack of postageness here, but hopefully they’ll get it sorted soon . Yes I’m talking to you Vodafone.
Anyway, I’ve been trying to catch up with my social media and I came across another one of those ‘success stories’ of an Indie Author who has published with a Print On Demand company. Bully for her I say (honestly!) but given that a lot of these companies charge astronomical prices for a process you can complete perfectly well by yourself, I wonder if POD is a bit outdated?
I actually published a book back in 2005 – a non-fiction title – with a Print on Demand company, long before e-publishing became de riguer. It cost a pretty penny, but at the time, it was the only alternative to mainstream publishing. I still get the odd royalty cheque, but my earnings have come nowhere near the cost to produce the book. I designed the cover and any marketing that was done was completed by yours truly. My point is, while browsing the POD company mentioned in the article, it doesn’t look like much has changed. They talk about providing you with ISBN’s and selling your book on their website as if they’re doing you a service, but all of these things are free anyway. And if you were already having your doubts, one of their tips reads – “If you’re publishing to make a profit, it’s probably not a good idea”. Sorry? Isn’t that why we’re all publishing? Otherwise we could just upload them to Amazon and set the selling price to zero – call it a hobby and be done with it. Obviously, money is not the driving force, but most writers actually want to make a living out of their work and if you’ve paid over a large sum to have your book published, your expectations of profit would be even higher.
I think if you really want to see your book in print, head over to Create Space and do it yourself. Spend your hard earned cash on a cover designer and an editor, then do your best to market your book and start writing the next one. And when you’ve done all of that, get yourself an Internet provider that actually provides the Internet!