I recently read a blog post called The Decline of Self Publishing. It made me think about myself and my own books. I feel that the self publishing market is saturated. Everyone is writing stories these days and readers have a massive choice. The odds of them choosing mine amongst the thousands on offer is very slim. Promoting my books daily can can bring in one or two sales, but it’s hard work, especially when you have as many as I do.
You can spend up to a year writing your and it costs a lot of money to prepare for publication. A decent cover can set you back about a £75-£150, then there is editing and formatting. Even if you do most of it yourself, that doubles the amount of time you spend on one book alone.
Suddenly, your baby, who you have become very attached to, is now ready, and you upload it to Amazon. If you set the price too high, those few people you reach with your promotions, won’t buy it because they can get books for free or 99p. So you set it at £1.99. You sell the book and Amazon takes 65% of the profit. How many books would you have to sell before it becomes profitably? Far too many to make it viable.
Why shouldn’t you collect £1.99 from every sale?
You deserve it – we deserve it – other trades and business make money without someone else taking a big chunk of it, so why can’t we?
I’ve tried selling directly to the reader, but for some reason, they only want to buy from Amazon. I’ve got a Kazz’s Books and Cards page on Facebook where people can purchase a birthday card and an ebook, because don’t they make great gifts? I’ve still to make first book sales.
So why do we continue flogging a dead horse? Wasting so much money, time and effort to do something that only brings us stress?
I’ll tell you why, because we love it, we are addicted. We can’t stop writing stories.
So how can I turn it around? What can I do that still indulges my love of writing fiction?
Simple – I joined Electric Eclectic Books. My sales have gone up, I’m writing more stories and importantly, I’m not fighting my corner on my own any more. I am part of a collective of authors who support one another.
Writing novels is just not worth the time and the effort any more but I can still write stories, have them as eBooks and sell them. What more could I want?
Here are a few facts:
- Electric Eclectic Books is not a publisher.
- It is a book brand of novelettes between 6K and 20K.
- Founder and author Paul White came up with the idea in 2017.
- Everybody keeps 100% of their profit.
- They get a book cover and a light edit and a book template.
Electric Eclectic Books are already taking the self-publishing world by storm. Our books are getting seen everywhere.
And it can only get better as we expand into newsletters and other websites.
I’m now on my seventh novelette under the EE brand. My love of writing as never been as high. I read a lot of the books too, because they encompass almost every genre. I like finding new authors, because besides being a writer, I’m an avid reader, too. If I enjoy the book. I’ll go on to read their novels.
Another thing an Electric Eclectic book is great for – and that’s enticing readers to read your novels.
- PARALLELS give authors the prospect of exploring untold events from their books; these Parallels are like a sidebar, allowing incidents not fully investigated in other volumes, now to be discovered by their readers.
- BACKSTORIES are excellent ways to explore an individual (or several) character’s life (lives) in more depth, even from childhood or birth, delving into their lives to find what experiences moulded their temperament and personality. What traumas or conquests brought them to this point in their lives.
- A PREQUEL is, of course, telling the tale of what happened before the series started, the worlds, the events, the people, their endeavours and conflicts, the formation and destruction of agreements, syndicates, cartels and collaborations… there is no end of possibility.
So, what does it cost? Not a lot, when you compare it to what you’ve spent on your novels or what you could pay big companies who say they will publish for you.
With Electric Eclectic Boosk there is :
- A one off registration fee – £5
- Brand Licence fee per book £4
- Book cover £8 per book, or provide your own. (Subject to specifications)
There has to be a catch, I hear you say, and there is, isn’t there always?
We can only take six more authors this year.
Admission is open now. So what are you waiting for?
Contact Electric Eclectic here.