Just posting a brief RCC update about my upcoming novel The Seed. It’s getting closer every day to when I can confidently launch it. Lulu.com have finished their part assisting me with the paperback version (which they will publish and also distribute in that format via Amazon) and I’m waiting on word about the ebook versions that they will publish and also retail through Nook and Apple (as I understand their distribution arrangements).
I’m also waiting word on whether I can use the cover art they did for me if I publish as an ebook separately on Amazon Kindle. I thought they indicated I could as I worked with them but I may have mis-understood them – their agreement indicates possibly not. They may have meant I can publish the book anywhere, but not the cover art. That would be a pity as it is a fabulous cover, they did a wonderful job with it, and if I publish with different cover art elsewhere it may hurt marketing and product recognition 😦
It depends on whether the relevant agreement clause only really applies to needing a new ISBN (which I already knew) or to the cover art itself. All very reasonable and understandable if so given their distribution arrangements, so I’m not complaining, but an important consideration for next steps for me. It’s an interesting question and I’ll let you know what I finally arrive at on that point when I get their specific advice/clarification. (Charles – I know this was a particular point we discussed and I received their formal distribution agreement a few days later and realised this may be a bit more complex than I thought – will let you know!!)
In the meantime I’m trying to sort out pricing decision and arrangements and so forth, which makes it all feel very, very real…exciting and scary all at once! I’m thinking over all the wise counsel of other wordpress bloggers further along this journey than me and I’m very grateful for all the advice and hints they’ve shared. 🙂
On that point, most people have written about ebook pricing – I’d be very grateful for any comments about factors to consider with print on demand paperback pricing – once you’ve allowed for production costs, retail pricing and so forth it can get quite expensive for a product by a new author so advice is very, very welcome!!!
In any case I hope my next update has a cover reveal, more on the book, and details on how to purchase – if you are so inclined – at least via lulu at first. My aim is to launch at the beginning of August at the latest, so wish me luck!!