Once upon a time (1994, in fact) I wrote a self-help book. Its working title was “LOVE, SEX & RELATIONSHIPS… The Whole Damn Thing In A Book” – but since I could not think of anything better, I WENT with that.
I shunned the idea of “vanity publishing” and opted for SELF-publishing (if it was good enough for Mark Twain and other equally-famous penmeisters, why not?)
Of course, that was before I got on-air (online). It cost me GBP (there are no pound signs on computers anymore – only $ and € ones) 2,250 for 2,000 copies – compositing and printing complete.
Then all I had to do was SELL them. Long, long, LONG story short, I sold 150 for actual MONEY (like PULLING TEETH it was – I had a rubber stamp made up, then set up appointments, suited up and repped it m’self – gross: around GBP 500) and GAVE AWAY another 350 or so.
About 50 I left in hotel bedside cabinets (I figured they were more entertaining than Gideon Bibles) – the rest, I mostly sent to publishers and reviewers. Some I just gave to ANYONE. I even set up a stall at a craft fair (and JUST sold enough to cover the entry fee).
Thus today, there are 500-odd copies OUT THERE somewhere (I’ve seen ‘em for sale on the Interweb for 30 quid, being sold as collectibles – but TERMITES got most of my remainders, so there’s that then).
But the FREE, ONLINE, EXPANDED version is on WordPress (I only wrote the blasted book to HELP people – although fame and fortune WOULDA bin nice).
You can find it here… http://johnbellamy.wordpress.com/ About 3,500 hits to date (although how many people READ The Whole Damn Thing is anybody’s guess) plus (given books and mags are read by an average of 2.4 people per copy) around 1,200 reads – so at BEST it’s likely to have been read by barely 5,000 people.
And those reads have COST ME around GBP 1,750 (although allowing for travelling costs, that GBP 500-odd got more than swallowed UP – so back to at LEAST GBP 2,250 then).
And since all of that was when people still READ – if YOU are thinking of Writing A Book, I suggest you do as I WOULD have done back in ’94, had THIS medium existed in its present form: PUBLISH IT ON WORDPRESS!
It is what I did with my two (much more RECENT) attempts at short-story FICTION – they are on… http://maxtimetraveller.wordpress.com/ (my best work ever – period) and (a little darker, but still fun) http://dexterbalonious.wordpress.com/
Enjoy them, anyone who passes THIS way…