Should You Publish In Print Or eBook?

So, you want to hold the physical copy of your book soon after it’s been released, huh? You’re just dying to print hundreds of copies, get them into libraries and share them with all your buddies! Well, here’s why you should think twice about jumping onto that bandwagon.

No, WritingMime! You got me all wrong – I’m publishing in both eBook and print.

At the same time? I don’t know about that…

Huh? What do you mean? Come on, out with it.

Well, lads and lassies, I am only suggesting you wait to put out your books in print. Sure, you get all that cool stuff listed above, plus a higher priced item next to your eBook on, so more people will be persuaded to buy your eBook. But that’s just the thing.

With eBooks selling faster than physical counterparts, authors are making sure their printed copies are top notch before released. Well…sometimes. Why? Ever wonder why books have first, second, and even third editions under their title?

Take The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, for instance. Auctions can tell if a first edition is present by a lowercase “j” in “jay Gatsby,” hand-corrected on its back cover. Look it up! It’s really cool! I can’t add the picture here because of copyright infringement, but here’s a post that does!

Wow. A mistake that’s worth a hundred-thousand euros. Unfortunately, you might not be so lucky if a blemish like this is found defacing your cover.

Second and third editions are made to change and improve the material already written. Or for the big-time authors, they’re for producing a shinier collector’s edition that fans will throw money at.

But since this is a blog for beginners, let’s get down to what might go wrong if one publishes in print and later has to revamp their first edition.

Some writers decide halfway through their career to change their pen name. It’s simple enough to do, but when it comes to reprinting your titles, it’s a much harder task. In most cases, you have to contact whoever helped you with your cover art and work toward a new cover, even if its just changing the author’s name. It’s more time and money down the drain, and you can never get back the physical copies with, in this case, an old pen name, from the audience that already owns your book.

Another reason why you should publish in eBook before publishing in print is because with eBooks, more readers are viewing your work, more critiques are coming in, and no matter what time of the day it is, you can edit your manuscript online. The eBook owners will see the change the following day.

Give your books some shelf time to get out to an “active” audience, which will be more than happy to criticize your work. It’s like having hundreds of editors at the palm of your hand, buying your book and making you a profit. What sounds better, paying for one editor or getting paid for the hundreds of interested “critics” buying your books? Woh, before you jump to conclusions, yes, get a professional editor before publishing anything. I was just saying that instead of another editor, you’re getting the full refund for your first, plus 100x the proof-editing by customers, for free!

And most importantly, you should build your books according to demand. EBooks are always in demand, most likely to be the first sales you’ll ever make. After you build a fan base, your readers will start to ask for a physical copy to place on their shelves. That’s demand! You’ll have built enough revenue by then to pay for an interior book designer and cover artist, whereas you would’ve bankrupted yourself at the beginning if you didn’t wait, and would have stacks of physical copies collecting dust around your house. And those aren’t any good now, because they’re filled with the mistakes you were oblivious to on the first day.

Your fans will appreciate quality effort, and therefore you should give them just that. The moment you get ten or twenty fans asking for a physical copy, look into your revenue to see if you can afford professional editing. Then make your move! Months later, your dream of holding the printed version of your book will finally come true.

You don’t have to do it this way by any means, but it’s important to know: you have the option of jumping off that bandwagon.

With that said (runs from the opposers), I’ll be writing to you guys soon with more of my tips and advice on how to improve your writing journey.

Keep writing,


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