Publishing Options For Atherean Defenders
I’ve always said that if I publish Atherean Defenders, it would be free, and I meant it. If I self-publish the title, you’ll never pay one red cent for it. Unfortunately, that also means that there won’t be a print edition when it’s initially released. To be honest, I can’t afford it on my own.
If I self- publish, I can make Atherean Defenders available as a PDF, for those of you who want to hold a copy in your hand. I was even thinking of a promotion where I could assist with printing costs for those of you who wanted a hard copy, although I hadn’t thought of anything yet. Also, if Atherean Defenders is self-published, it will be available on the Amazon Kindle, as well as other major online book retailers, such as Smashwords. Truthfully, I don’t know if Amazon will let me give away the title on their site. I doubt it, though.
My primary concern with publishing Atherean Defenders has always been retention of rights; I’m not giving anyone the rights to do anything with this story without my permission. Retaining creative control means more to me than making a ton of money (at this point), so I never even considered the idea of publishing the story. All the research I’ve done, and I doubted a publishing house would take a chance on me anyway. I’d rather write the story and let the readers decide if I was any good.
But a publisher approached me; retaining my rights is no longer a concern. Plus, I trust the publisher.
If I sign this contract, Atherean Defenders is realized in both online and offline formats. The book becomes available—in print—on Amazon, and God willing, every other retailer out there. I also gain some serious marketing muscle in addition to my own efforts. The trade-off is; the book will no longer be free.
So that’s what it comes down too. I self-publish, the book is free, but electronic only. I go with a publisher, the book becomes available in print, at a cost.
So the question I put to you is; do you like this story enough to pay for it?
Either comment or message me (keep it clean, please), and I promise I have thick skin, so any constructive advice would be welcome. Thanks for following along and replying, in advance.
(c) Avery K. Tingle for Akting Out LLC
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