Just to see what they’re like.
Much like I’m not very into anniversaries, I’m also not really a I-Need-a-Physical-Copy-of-My-Book kind of guy. My primary sales come from eBooks. Only a handful of paperbacks have sold since I set them up through Createspace in early 2013.
And they’re expensive too, because it’s not just the printing, it’s the shipping all the way to Japan. That’s one of the reasons I have put off getting print editions in the past.
But hey, it’s been two years now, so why not? I’ll more than make it up in what I’m saving by not having wireless service on my smartphone anymore.
So today, they arrived, fresh from Createspace’s POD line, and here they are:
And I have to admit, it does feel good to finally feel the weight of the paper in my hands. To think I wrote all that, too. It’s also a relief, since until today, I had no choice but to blindly trust Createspace’s quality control. Now I know they do a good job making print editions for my very few paperback purchasers. The cover graphics (especially the spines) were just a bit off perfection, but the inside print was clear and very readable.
And putting these books side by side, it was also interesting to actually see how much thicker my third book is in comparison to the rest.
Just by the word count I knew, of course, that the third book is longer than the others, but here I can actually see (and feel the weight of ) the difference.
But once the novelty of holding them in my hands and flipping through the pages has worn off, I am left with the question I always asked myself when I put off ordering print editions: now what the heck do I do with them?
Oh, they’ll make nice doorstops, but beyond that, I’m really not sure...
On a separate note, I have again been asked by a reader if I will continue this series or perhaps write a spin-off series, but for now, my situation remains unchanged. I have made a number of starts this year, both in the Psionic universe as well as in other worlds, but so far I am unable to lightbulb a plot that I really want to keep writing. If I had, believe me, I would be writing it rather than this blog post. But it takes an enormous amount of time, energy, and junk food to write a full-length novel, and since I am primarily a hobby writer, I cannot bring myself to write something that I’m not 120% into.
Besides, it turns out that self-publishing isn’t all about writing: it’s a lot about (gasp!) publishing, which isn’t just uploading content to the vendors. Not by a mile. I’ve spent a fair bit of time these last two years promoting my series and essentially being my own literary agent, without which my current books would no doubt be dead in the water. It takes up a fair bit of my time. No, it’s not a full time job, but I have one of those too.
When will I write my next book? If only I knew.