I’m ridiculously anxious right now… I just spent the past 7-8 hours finalizing everything. Seriously, I never thought that it was going to be so much work to just format and fix every single thing in the universe to self-publish a book.
However, now that I figured out the tricks, it probably won’t be as troublesome later on. I probably messed something up… There’s always ‘something’.
My original plan was to just publish “The Diary of Destiny King” as an Ebook and be done with it… But then it was like “Oh hey, you don’t actually have to pay any up-front costs if you want to have the paperback option~!” Thus, I ended up spending even more of my lifeforce struggling to set up everything from the cover, to getting the page numbers right.
Like, I had to convert it into a pdf from a Google Doc, but once I did that, the page numbers got screwed up. I had to go through and change all the page numbers to match the pages in the pdf and then convert it again. I ended up doing things like that dozens of times over the hours.
I’ve literally never read a real book before. There are so many things I didn’t know or understand. If my cousin didn’t help me out, there’s no way I would have ever been able to make it through that nightmare lol.
Also, even though she’ll never read or see this, I’d like to thank my mother for painting the cover for “The Diary of Destiny King”. My cousin was the one who wrote my name and the title onto the picture of the painting.
Yeah I know, my name is really small lol. I saw lots of other authors who write their names over like half of the cover, but idk, it’s not like my name is particularly catchy. The name of the book is what’s important.
Anyway, I had to make this post in order to relieve some of my anxiety lmao.
I honestly don’t expect too many people to actually buy the paperback… Because of formatting differences, the Ebook is practically 100 pages longer, but the paperback is still like 512 pages. The base cost that they charge to simply print it for me is like 7 dollars, which they take out of the 60% that I actually get from the book sales… Even though the paperbacks are going to be sold for 14.99, I literally only get 2 dollars per sale roflmao.
On the other hand, the Ebook will be 3.99 and I’ll get 70% of each sale. So… Need to do some math, ugh. From each sale I would make 2.79 dollars. In other words, I’ll be making more money if you buy the Ebook than if you buy the paperback. But~, I figured that there will still be a handful of people out there who just want to buy the paperbacks for whatever reason.
The minimum that I can set the Ebooks is like 2.99, because any lower than that and they’ll only give me 35% commission. I would have set it at 2.99, but then I thought about ‘sales’. Essentially, if I make a sale or whatever, I’ll have room to drop it down without giving amazon most of the money.
I have books that are super short, that I wouldn’t mind only selling for .99 or a similarly low price… But like I said before, “The Diary of Destiny King” is really long. I spent two months writing it, and three months editing it, not to mention the time and effort spent just doing all this other stuff.
Pricing can be adjusted later anyway. Hell, if you think of it this way, imagine how much money the first editions of most famous author’s novels are worth lmao. I don’t actually know what that means, but it sounds fancy?
I might try to buy the very first copy of “The Diary of Destiny King” myself… Holy shit, I could even sign it, ’cause I’m the author roflmao. Ugh, my head hurts so much.
In other news, the first thing I did when I woke up today was watch “Now You See Me 2”. Honestly, I think it was better than the first one. My father liked it better too. For a show about magicians, there was a whole lot of fighting lol. It kinda makes me want to write a story about a mass-murdering magician… Maybe I’ll add him/her into “Chaotica’s Coliseum” lmao.