Self-publishing is expensive.
Having attempted to self-publish on the cheap and finding out that it doesn’t work, I decided to remove my book from sale pending some extra content, a new cover, and other bits. So, I thought I may as well consider a proper professional edit, beta readers and all the jazz that comes with properly releasing a book. All this with a view to republishing it sometime in the first quarter of next year looking all spangly*.
It’s all so expensive. For a proper edit, I was quoted a little over three hundred pounds and while that’s actually pretty good value when you consider there are some out there asking for over a grand**, it’s still a lot of money on my budget and that’s not even considering that the word count has increased since that quote. Throw in beta readers and the art for the book and my costs are approaching the one thousand pounds mark before I’ve even set a release date.
Now sure, with suitable preparation I can save the money I need to get all this done. But it’s going to be tight and I might have to survive on a diet of bread and water for the next six months or so, I jest of course, but you get my point.
So, I got to thinking whether there were other ways I could make money from my writing. If I’m being honest, saying such things seem a little vulgar, I don’t know about the rest of you, but the thought of hawking my stories feels wrong somehow. It’s daft of course, what else am I going to do if I want to become a full-time writer?
Anyway, after some thought I have come up with a potential solution to my problem that I’m hoping will enable me to make the required money, whilst also offering something of worth on a regular basis. The solution; Patreon.
For those of you unaware of what Patreon is, let me direct you to what they (Patreon) call the magic line:
“Patreon is a membership platform that makes it easy for creators to get paid.”
I have a lot of things I need to do to enable me to my book out in a professional manner that will enable me to get it noticed. It’s not just all the things I’ve mentioned above, but the necessary funds to promote my book to help get it noticed. I would also prefer if possible to sell it via a webstore of my own if possible, thus avoiding the middle man, this will obviously incur further costs. Then there’s the novellas I’ve written to follow the first book and of course the second book I would like to release no more than twelve months after the first and so, on it goes.
The work of any author is never finished, self-published authors just have a tad more to do.
I’ve not come up with a precise model for what I’m going to offer, but short stories at the very least are a given, along with a few extra rewards here and there, I’ll decide firmly in the future. However, I feel now is the time to offer a word of reassurance, this blog shall forever remain free and I shall still be publishing Vernon stories through it. My good friend Zog would never forgive me if I tried to charge for those.
Why am I telling you this?
Well it’s like I said sometime, to someone somewhere, or maybe in this blog…let’s just assume I said all right?
“Join me on my journey to becoming a full-time writer.”
To my mind it’s just the next step on the path to becoming a full-time writer and I’m quite excited to see how it goes. It’s going to be a learning curve for sure and to be truthful a little nerve wracking, but I think it’s just the next logical step. I shall keep you updated with my progress of course. If it goes well, then who knows, maybe my experiences might inspire someone reading this blog in the future to try something similar.
Peace out folks, and happy writing!