I used to write paperback books back in the 1990s, and pretty successfully. However, when the Internet came around, it did not take long and I learned that what could be done on paper could also be done digitally. Not only was it easier and cheaper to publish an electronic book, but delivery was so simple! Just download a file and you have the book. No waiting for shipping, no cost for shipping, etc.
I thought that the eBook was the way to go! No doubt in my mind. And, I was right too. Even though I re-started selling paperback versions of my eBooks in 2015, the eBook is still far better in sales than the paperback.
Still, though… why leave money on the table?
One of my favorite all-time movies is A Bronx Tale with Robert De Niro, Chazz Palminteri, and Lillo Brancato, Jr. It is a movie that I really love. Di Nero, the father, always tells his son, Brancato, that the worse thing in life is “wasted talent”. Well, that is probably close to true, but I feel that the worse thing in life is money left on the table! If you have already done the work to earn the money, take all of it that is being offered. Don’t leave any of it on the table.
So, it is with great sadness that I think of the money I left on the table for years when I refused to sell paperback books because eBooks were the wave of the future. You might as well take what money is available, and I did not take full advantage.
As I have said in an earlier post, when I decided to get back into selling paperbacks, I chose CreateSpace as my PoD, Print on Demand, the publisher. CreateSpace is owned by Amazon, but administratively they are separate.
When you are selling paperback books through CreateSpace you can view a website where you can get a real-time report of how many books have been sold. I usually start my days by checking my various money making sites to see how I am doing, what kind of sales I have made since the day before, etc. The CreateSpace sales report is one of those pages. When I check the report at the end of the month, I can see how many books have been sold for the month. The report also shows me how many books were sold for which currencies: US Dollars, UK Pounds, European Euros.
Once I know how many books were sold and what the royalties were, I know how much money I can expect. That money is then paid to be around the 29th of the following month. So, for example, for books sold in November, I have the money in hand by the 29th (or so) of December. CreateSpace will transfer the money to your bank account and it is all very simple.
If you want to publish paperback books, CreateSpace is the way to go, in my view!