Thursday, April 28, 2011
The following is an email that I sent to someone asking advice about publishing a book:
There are two publishers whom you can publish anything you want for free: Lulu.com and Createspace.com . The only cost that may be incurred to you is ordering one "proof copy" of your book, and that should not cost more than about ten bucks (or less).
I've used Lulu and it's fine. However, a friend of mine, Richard Carrier, has used both publishers and he says that createspace is the way to go. When people order your book, you will recieve royalties (profits) based on the book's price (which you set yourself) minus the cost of printing the book and a percentage taken by the company. If you publish on Lulu, you'll probably want to join their "distribution plan" which will post your book on amazon. However, when you publish through Lulu, the books sold through amazon.com will generate smaller royalties, simply because lulu and amazon both take a cut of your money.
So here's why createspace is better: createspace is almost the same as lulu in its service, but createspace is owned by the amazon corporation. So the revenue you earn from books sold on amazon will be higher because now you only have one company (instead of two) taking a cut of your money. In my experience, most people would rather buy a book on amazon than on Lulu, so most of your books will be sold on amazon, and since createspace is so "Amazon-efficient" it is the better choice.
Some other advice: do some "google research" on writing books with Microsoft Word (or whatever program you are using). I did, and it helped me out a lot. Also, I've read that anything you upload to createspace has to be in pdf format, but it shouldn't be to hard to find a program to help you do that. In fact, you could sign up for lulu (for free) and then start a project, upload your microsoft wordfiles, and then generate a top-notch pdf from those. Doing that requires no special skill at all, Lulu advertises these services, and they are free.
Other than that: make a point to read the advice and instructions of the company you choose, and choose good, knowledgable friends to proof-read your book. In case you're wondering, I use Lulu (I hadn't heard of createspace when I published) and even copies of my book that I sell through Amazon bring in over a dollar a copy, and my book is priced at only $13.99! My book:
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
A little off topic: For those interested in the Resurrection, here's a great blog:
Friday, April 22, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Ever seen "Malcolm in the Middle"? That show has multiple parallels to my own life, almost like the creators vaguely knew my family. Malcolm, Reese, and Francis are all different aspects of me. When I was growing up, I was an evil genius of rebellion just like Francis. I knew all my parents' passwords on the TV and computer. I was smart and studious like Malcolm, but also destructive and stupid at times (like Reese). Like the boys in the show, I too have a foreign, chainsmoking grandmother who was mean as hell (how many people can say that?).
"Family Guy" also has a strange parallel to me. The dog on that show loves to write, is an atheist, is moody at times (though very intelligent). And his name? Brian (=Ryan).