The first hurdle in my self-publishing adventure has been deciding whether to focus purely on getting the book onto the Kindle using KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing), or to use CreateSpace where I can have a physical copy of the book produced as well. Fortunately I have a friend who has gone through the process already with her first book, and was able to pester insight from her. Thanks, Shari! You can check out her blog here.
After much deliberation and soul searching and staring blankly out the window with an 80’s montage playing in the background when I should have been working, I’ve decided that I’m going to focus on converting my book into the Kindle format first using KDP, then down the road work on making a physical copy of it available (after any other e-book formats are completed too – I’m looking at you, Smashwords).
So no CreateSpace for now.
As cool as it would be to hold an actual copy of my book when it’s released, I feel like most readers would be willing to take their chance on a $1.00 e-book, than an $8.00 paperback. I don’t actually know how much the paperback would cost, but $8 seemed high enough to validate my argument. So it’s probably not worth the time and effort it would take for me to produce the paperback at the moment.
I just need to keep reminding myself that the main goal is to get the book out there.
For my next 80’s montage soul searching moment: cover art.