I’m losing track of how many ebooks I have out. I think ten. Might be twelve. Whatever the number, will probably be more before the year is out.
Anyway, recently, a facebook friend asked me if a paperback version of one of my ebooks was available.
I said no.
That lead into a discussion of why I hadn’t bothered. Basically, at this point for me, it’s cost benefit analysis. Something like half or two thirds the market is ebooks, up to 95% for some writers. So how much time and effort do I want to put into doing a paperback version, when I could put that time and effort into something more useful to me… like doing another ebook, writing a novel or more short stories, looking for an agent, yadda yadda.
And to be really honest, doing a paperback seems like a lot of work for little practical return. Suppose I do a paperback. Online sales of the paperback are likely to be marginal. Like I said, maybe 95% of online sales are ebooks, and 5% paperbacks. Once the paperback is done, what do I do with it? I’m not going to get distribution through Barnes & Noble or Chapters, sorry. That just doesn’t happen.