So, I’ve been neglecting this space, as usual. Been really busy trying to finish up the process on Buddy Hero. It’s looking good. I think I’ve got a really great product, even if I was the primary editing source.
And I’m getting close. So close, in fact, that the only thing standing between me and having a paperback version of Buddy in my hands at the moment is my cover (well, and proofing the final product).
I’m pretty excited about it. Of course, this brings me to a point where I’ve got a lot of time on my hands. Since I’ve got a graphic designer pal o’ mine working on the cover, I really have very little I can do at the moment. I feel the need to severely limit my marketing at this point, since I don’t have a release date set, and I’d rather not get people to know about the book only to find out they can’t purchase it yet. I’m not a marketing guru, so the chances I have of really getting people so excited about it that they will be anxiously awaiting its release is pretty poor. So, I want them to be able to hit the BUY button the second they find out about it, if they so wish.
And this has brought me to a philosophical point in my journey, brought on by the need to set a price for my product. Now, while I believe I have a quality product, I also realize people have absolutely no clue who I am, and don’t have any real reason to want to pick my novel over the billions of other self-published novels which can be, to be quite honest, a large pile of poorly written drivel. It takes quite a bit of work to prove Buddy is one of the diamonds in the rough, of which I have a couple of plans for. But, the last thing I want to have happen is for the price of the paper to turn people away. If they are even the slightest bit interested, I want them to feel comfortable dropping the cash on the product.
Of course, in order to do that, I have to give this book an incredibly low price point, meaning I’ll be making next to nothing on these things, depending on where the purchase is made. Initially this caused me quite a lot of pause. I mean, I’ve spent a lot of time and energy on this book, and I really want to be able to get to a point in my life where my primary occupational focus is on writing. If I’m not making any money off my books, how is that possible?
The final resolution I’ve come to, however, isn’t very far from where I started. Sure, I want to make money off my books, but that’s not the reason I write. I write because I truly enjoy writing, and I believe I’m pretty good at it. If I make enough money off of it to allow me to quit my day job, awesome, but I’m definitely not expecting Rowling-style cash to start flowing in anytime soon (or ever for that matter). I would love to be able to spend the 40 hours a week I am currently spending in front of a computer resolving customer issues doing the thing I love. But I was able to put Buddy together in less than a year while doing that, and, truthfully, it makes the work life that much better, having something I love to do being a focus on the side.
I want to write more, and I will write more, whether or not people actually buy the crap I put out. Outside of the Defenders Saga (the Buddy Hero series), I’ve got 3 more book ideas I want to start putting together, ones I think will be even better than Buddy.
I love creating new worlds, I love playing the different roles of these characters out in my head and seeing how they respond to the situations I put them in. I love creating, and this is the only way I’ve felt able to do so in a way that is actually worthwhile for anyone looking in on it (or when I look at it myself).
So, this is my way of saying I’m okay with being a writer no one cares about and has to fit writing in between work and life. This isn’t me complaining about life as a writer, or being bitter about not getting representation, or crying in my milk about something which hasn’t played out yet. This is me realizing why I do what I do.
So, with that being said, I will be setting price points as low as I can get them through the channels I’m using. And I’m okay with that. 🙂