To Print Or Not To Print

I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of time on my hands this week. Means I’ve been able to devote considerable effort to the revisions to the upcoming In the Shadow of Erebus. Yay!

Even as I look over the final draft, making tweaks, cleaning up sentences, etc. I know that the next big hurdle lies just ahead. No, not writing the next book (though I’ve already begun outlining that) or conducting research (although I’m definitely in the midst of that herculean task).

No, I’m talking about formatting.

Writing a novel is a pretty hefty challenge, but even that big step isn’t the end of the process. When I released Antigone’s Fall, my first novel, it was solely an ebook, but it still took several weeks to format properly, through trial and error. Later, I took the time to release Stormcaller as an ebook and a print edition, but holy smokes did that quadruple the workload.

The paperback version of Stormcaller never sold that well. I’m pretty sure I bought roughly half of the copies. The ebook, on the other hand, did quite respectably.

Gearing up for the first book in the Mars trilogy, I’m trying to decide what I’d like to do. To print, or not to print, that is the question.

I’m already working on the cover design, which usually translates pretty well between versions. Paperbacks need a spine and back, however, which does require a little more thought. If any other writers have thoughts, I’d welcome your comments!

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