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08 August 2017 @ 10:46 pm
I'm sure there was a perfectly good reason to also change the cover on the paper version that no one ever buys  . . . But after fighting with it all day, I can't remember why. No doubt the whole process will get easier with practice. Should I be suddenly motivated to update _Exiles and Gods_. But ab-so-lutely zero writing got done today.
(Anonymous) on August 9th, 2017 02:35 pm (UTC)
That would be the print version that sits with the comfort reads on my desk? I bought it for Dad, but he's stopped reading. (Don't get old. It sucks.)

If you had them all in print, they would all be lined up neatly competing with Patrick O'Brien for most shelf space by a single author. I think you'd win.

I know you can't do print books for a single fan, though I may've, thru my sons, given away enough copies of Barton to make that one viable in print. But when you do get discovered by the masses, is it something that could be contracted out, maybe to one of us 'prefers paper' fans? I know why I prefer paper: electricity is a dubious service, taken out by everything from blizzards to wildfires; and I trust Amazon exactly as far as I can throw it.

I do need to send Outcasts and Gods to Little Brother for Christmas. I'll wait til closer to then to buy it, whatever you do with the cover. Gift books should always be paper, preferably with a note scribbled on the first page to pique the interest of whoever inherits it eighty years from now.

Michawl DolbearMichawl Dolbear on August 9th, 2017 07:55 pm (UTC)
POD means a print of one copy is possible at the standard cost.

A presentation copy of a study of ACC (free PDF download for the proles) was done that way for Lois McMaster Bujold.

Most shelf space by a single author in a bookshop is probably Mercedes Lackey.
matapampamuphoff on August 10th, 2017 03:23 am (UTC)
The reason I don't do print versions of my books is that if _everything_ goes perfectly it's still three days work and frustration to get the cover and the manuscript formatted correctly. And that's assuming the existing cover lends itself well to the wrap-around print cover.

But nothing ever goes perfectly. But the covers all need updating desperately, so if I do the print cover at the same time, and I get better at the print formatting . . . maybe I'll do more. Maybe. Because they just don't sell.

On the other hand, should the opportunity to get my books into bookstores ever occur, it would be nice to be ready.