The First Don’t Feed The Geek Book!
My first book has arrived. I ordered my book through www.instantpublisher.com and they had it to me within 10 days. I must say I’m very happy with the end product. The cover was done by my interweb buddy Krishna Sadasivam and it may be the best part of the book and really sets the tone. The book is B&W with some color pages and a total of 60 pages. The price of an all color book was greater than I was willing to pay. I think the B&W and color mix works well though. I was very worried of the quality of the final product so I did a short run. I had also not heard of any other cartoonist using Instant Publisher. So far everyone who has seen it has been very complimentary. I highly recommend Instant Publisher, they were great to work with. They have a great utility on their site to do a price quote that is fun to play with the variations. If you are considering a book at least check out the price generator.
My plan is to sell these at the upcoming Dallas Web Comic Expo. I have not really put much thought into how to sell them on my webpage. I know I can create some options to use Pay-pal on my page but honestly have not investigated that much. I’m not sure if the demand will be high enough to put forth the needed effort. I suppose I could just deal with people who want a book one on one for now. Maybe have them put the money in Pay-pal and then I’d send the book? Again, I think I’ll wait and see what the demand is. I’ve actually sold several copies and had some readers “pre-order” the book so we will see how it goes. I hope they sell well enough that I have to make another order right away.
Regardless, the process has been a lot of fun and I learned a lot. If I do another book, I’ll do a much better job. I hope this one does enough sales to justify the next book. The price of the book is $12 but I may sell it cheaper at DWEX as a promotional thing. The nice thing is my investment is not high so if I sell half of the books I can break even. I think considering my webcomic, breaking even is a lofty goal.
Here are some pics, I’m wearing my “hacker” shirt for today’s photo: