Countdown to publication (from 4/29/10

FINALLY! The rewrite is finally done. I think it adds a degree of greater depth to all of the characters. The only people to notice the difference would be me and my wife, who has read all of The Lost Testament’s previous incarnations — including the one no one should ever have to read.

Now, onto self-publication. I’ve found a company that I like, but, more than likely, I’ll have to look for a marketing company independently — or do the marketing myself. When you get down to the basics, you can make decisions based on a number of variables. How much do you want to spend? How much you spend will help dictate how much you sell. What kind of money do you want to make? Most places offer about 35% or so in royalties, which isn’t bad. . .until you realize large trade publishers deduct between 40%-55% of the retail price and that DOES NOT include the printing cost. For my novel, it’ll probably go for about $15 or so less the $6 it takes to print. As much as I’d like to see you buy my book from one of those places (I love seeing my name in print; it’s my own personal hubris), I’d rather have it happen from a direct website.

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