To Print or Not to Print

I posted this on my Facebook page, but thought it would be a good message for the blog, too.

I have struggled with something over the past couple of weeks. Now that I’ve made a decision, I wanted to share it with you all.

“Mining the Dark” will (initially) only be available in digital format. This was a very hard decision because I would rather that anyone who wants to read the book have choices. The unfortunate reality is that print books don’t make a lot of money.

I know, I know – it’s not like I’m having to front the cost since I self-publish. What I do have to provide is my time and effort. When you self-publish books, depending on which services you use, you will likely have to format your manuscript in a different way. For example, what works in digital self-publishing doesn’t necessarily work in print self-publishing. Right now in this industry you usually have to have one version of the manuscript formatted for digital and one for print – and this doesn’t even include cover imaging which typically have to be different and just because there’s a copyright on the digital image doesn’t mean it’s on the print image.

I went ahead and did this for “The Source” and set the price HIGHER for print than what I wanted because I personally don’t feel that people should have to pay a lot for a little mental vacation. Even with the price that I set for the print version, I only make $0.78 every time a copy sells because of the overhead costs of the paper, binding, print ink, etc.

Right now, at this point in my career, the time and effort outweighs the benefits…which actually does upset me because one of the biggest benefits is that readers can enjoy (or hate) the book in whichever format they choose.

After thinking through all of this and getting feedback from many of you over which format you read “The Source,” I have decided that when “Mining the Dark” is released, it will only be in digital format.

I wanted to post this so I could be honest with y’all and didn’t want anyone to have certain expectations only to be disappointed.