Writing and publishing inevitably come with mistakes and errors, Godspeed us with lessons learned! I’m not one to rant, but publishing Grave Echoes came with a few disappointments. The first was discovering a week after signing my contract with AuthorHouse that Inkwaters Press wanted to publish my book. I couldn’t bail out of my contract with AH without taking a loss, and GE wouldn’t have even been printed yet. A bittersweet moment that was.
The second downfall was learning that, No, I really couldn’t set my own book price as AH had advertised. Believe it or not, $17.99 is the lowest I could get my book for on Amazon. I’m sure you’d want to punch someone if you knew how much profit I, the author, the producer of the product, was actually making off those sells. There were also profits to be made in changes to the galley formats just before GE went to print. At this point, I’m wanting to throw myself to the wolves.
My third disappointment: I’m not selling what I’d hoped I would. I do blame some of this on price (that’s a no-brainer), some on my poor networking skills, and the other that, basically- I am still unknown and unreachable to the ‘bigger market,’ even though Goodreads has been an excellent resource. If you are an author and don’t know about Goodreads, go there now.
So, long rant short, I am republishing Grave Echoes—my way. A new cover, a new price, a new era for the sequel “Wicked Tempest” to step into, which I’m hoping will be available sometime soon in 2012. Because I still have a few GE books left, I’m selling signed copies for $7.99, plus $3 shipping and handling. That’s warehouse price, my friend! Any cheaper, than I’d be a… you get the point.
I’ve updated PayPal links under the Books tab and also on my website, http://www.erincolewrites.com.
For all who have supported me, read and enjoyed my book, and left reviews, I cannot thank you enough.