J.K Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, has stated that there will be no e-versions of her books. She can afford to be a prima donna and turn away potential income. I'm not and I can't.
I was initially reluctant to offer e-books because I think they look much worse than p-books. However, I realized that fighting e-books was as self-defeating as pissing into the wind, so I gave in.
I used eBookIt.com to handle the conversion of my Stories I'd Tell My Children (but maybe not until they're adults) book, and I've been quite pleased with the company's quality, speed, service and price.
The book has gotten excellent reviews, but I never expected it to be a great seller. It's a mostly humorous memoir initially written for my friends and family. I later revised it to try to reach a bigger audience. I'm not Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman or Artie Lange, so fame won't sell it. And, unlike my nonfiction books which are sold to people who search for relevant topics, this book depends on social media and viral marketing.
- In April, I sold a grand total of five copies of the paperback, and earned a grand total of $38.75. The cover price is $15.95.
- In May, sales of the paperback dropped to ONE pathetic copy, which earned me a pathetic $7.75.
- HOWEVER, yesterday I got the report on my e-books sales for May. I earned $394.56 on 135 books selling for $4.99 each. Some days I sold just one or two books. Other days I sold as many as a dozen.
If any of you writers, especially self-publishing writers, have been reluctant to take the plunge into e-books, plunge. As Jim Morrison wrote, "The time to hesitate is through." Or, if you're more likely to be motivated by a Bob Dylan lyric, "the times they are a-changin’."