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We’re very pleased that The Basilwade Chronicles covered its costs within a few weeks of being published. We were helped by the fact that the author provided the cover herself. We’ve used Amazon’s own print-on-demand service for the paperback and they charge no set up costs. So the only charge incurred so far is:
IPG contribution £3.09 (this is the payment we make to be member of a the Impendent Publishers’ Guild divided by the number of books we’ve published).
There’s bit of a cheat here as well in that we’ve not yet sent the copies to the British Library and the Agents for The Legal Deposit Libraries. Those fees will come out of 2020 performance but I think they’ll clear fairly quickly.
The Basilwwade Chronicles first appeared in serial form on CafeLit. The episodes were such a good read that I suggested we turn them into a book.
We now have three other authors serialising stories in CafeLit. Because of the success of Basilwade I shall also offer to turn their posts into a book if the authors are willing.
We have copies of Basilwade now and I’ll be forwarding them on to the British Library and ALDL shortly. We’re satisfied with the quality.
Using Amazon’s own service has the advantage that Amazon will fulfil orders quickly. A disadvantage is that we can’t easily get them into bookshops. But we think we’ll use this for The Best of CafeLit in the future. This means we can still keep these volumes at a reasonable price. We can still order at “cost” from Amazon – they have their own in-built profit on printing prices – and send on to customers.
A satisfying experience to date.