Print copies of my books … the NEW way!

Both my Bequia Perspectives Novels are now available
worldwide from Amazon in print editions!

All links to purchase both titles in print or in eBook formats
(or to borrow from libraries) can be found here:
Bequia Perspectives Novels

Here’s the background as to how all this came about …

In Feb. 2012 I published the first eBook edition of Island in the Clouds. It had been my idea at the time that we should ePublish first, work out any bugs in the files, create a market for the writing and for a print edition, and then go to print once a demand was established. So I didn’t print Island in the Clouds until June 2012, and at that time I went with a traditional publishing company to do so. This cost me a considerable amount of money up front, leaving me in proud possession of 800 copies of the book – which I then had to store, distribute, and sell myself. Five-and-a-half-years later, I still have about 200 copies left in various locations. I have not been paid at all by several places that took copies on consignment to sell for me, and I have no reliable means of selling those remaining copies. Fortunately, I sold enough of the original 800 to cover my expenses of having the books printed, but I’m nowhere near having made enough money from this enterprise to pay myself back for everything I put into writing, promoting and selling the book by myself.

But then we do it for the love of it, right? This was never intended to be a money-making enterprise. But it was also never intended to be a money-LOSING enterprise …

When it came time to think about printing One Woman’s Island, I had to consider long and hard whether I wanted to travel down that same road. First of all, I did not have the several thousand dollars I knew a traditional printing was going to cost. Plus, I really didn’t want to have to store copies anywhere, or find a new distributor for this new book.

Fortunately for me, I received a blog post from Calgary author, Brian Brennan (who I have promoted on Reading Recommendations), in which he explained how he went about reprinting books of his that had been declared out of print by the original publisher. He worked with our mutual eBook formatter, Human Powered Design (Gina McCreary), to create the print files, and then went to a self-publishing service to have copies printed POD (print-on-demand). I reblogged Brian’s explanation of all this here: Brian Brennan – 3 reprints now available

So, I decided to look into this myself for my own print books. In the meantime, Gina had heard of a new service being offered by Amazon – Kindle Direct Publishing Paperback Beta Program – that we could sign into through our existing eBook accounts (which Gina has always maintained for me) and it seemed as though it was exactly what I was looking for. I didn’t need to pay anything upfront to Amazon, Gina was able to create the necessary print files and cover designs from my original eBook files and look after the listings for me, and I will receive payment from Human Powered Design for sales made, along with any sales of eBooks, every month, as I have done all along since first listing my eBooks in Feb. 2012.

Plus … I now have the benefit of WORLDWIDE distribution of my print books!! That, to me, is the biggest benefit of printing books in this way.

Here’s another article I discovered about this new service that ran on The Digital Reader site.

13 responses

  1. This is wonderful news, Susan, and informative. Best of luck with the new print editions.


  3. I published the paperback version of Donkey Boy & other Stories through Amazon’s CreateSpace but I worked directly with them (well, the DH did the techie stuff for me).

    1. This new service wasn’t available until this summer, Mary, which I think was after you published.

  4. This all sounds great. Best of luck with the new venture. I am confused though, from what I understand, a traditional publisher should never charge anything for publishing a book. I have a small traditional publisher who has published all 6 of my books and has never charged me anything. I have not had to buy and stock any of my books if I didn’t want to either. Did I just get lucky?

    1. No, it was a “traditional printer” as opposed to a “self-publishing printer” … I was the publisher, but I contracted with a printing company to print copies of the book for me. You’re correct in that traditional publishers do not charge their authors, but they do have to pay a printer to print those books you’ve written.

      1. That makes sense. Thanks for clarifying.

  5. Congratulations :). It is so good to be able to get print copies on demand and especially through a well known site like amazon, the books look professional when you get them and the first time I got a print on demand book I didn’t even realise this was just one copy printed for me when I ordered it, it really amazed me with the quality of the books in print and I hope it will help open up chances for more sales for you as some people just don’t read digitally but are happy to buy print books 🙂

    1. Thanks, Cat! I’m just so excited that my print books are now available to readers in the UK and I don’t need to mail copies to them.

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