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Bryan Andress

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E-Book hesitancy
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So I have published a book as a black and white paper back and in color. However, I am curious to know if it is worth taking a leap into getting it on Kindle as an E-book. Like will the E-book take away from the paperback sales? Or does it just increase viewing which increases sales? Or is it hit or miss? It's a children's book which made me think children's e-books I would figure would be really popular now. I am just not sure. Thanks.

Every Clue Counts: A Children's Sherlock Holmes Story is the name of the book.

Bryan Andress

Edited by: Bryan Andress on Sep 13, 2017 10:05 AM
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Posted: Sep 13, 2017 10:30 AM   in response to: Bryan Andress in response to: Bryan Andress
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It won't hurt anything to make an ebook. Generally ebooks sell a lot better for indie authors than paperbacks, although children's books are a hard sell in e-format.

But it costs nothing except a little time. If you've formatted successfully for print, ebook formatting will be easy, and you already have the cover. Good luck!

PS Read the free Amazon book, "Building your Book for Kindle." Resist the impulse to do "fixed format" unless you have a lot of pictures. Simple, reflowable is best.
Bryan Andress

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Posted: Sep 13, 2017 10:42 AM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
 
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Thanks! I appreciate the feedback. I am just trying to get a general consensus. I think what I really want to know is if turning it into a children's e-book will up the amount of readers I might reach? I mean its a 10 dollar book which is not that bad. I am guessing I could still sell it for 10 dollars as an e-book. I feel like that is a fair price given the fact that the book is 205 pages. You have some neat eye catching covers for your books. Very nice.

Edited by: Bryan Andress on Sep 13, 2017 10:43 AM
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Posted: Sep 13, 2017 10:45 AM   in response to: Bryan Andress in response to: Bryan Andress
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I generally price my ebooks at about half the paperback price.

Having different price ranges is, I think, almost as important as having different formats and different bookstores (i.e., sell on Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo in addition to Amazon).

Good luck! -- NJ

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Joseph M Erhardt

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Posted: Sep 13, 2017 10:54 AM   in response to: Bryan Andress in response to: Bryan Andress
 
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If you published through CreateSpace, do NOT select the option to have them do your e-book for you. That often does not turn out well.

Do as suggested: get the Building Your Book for Kindle free Amazon e-book, and follow the formatting rules there. That book does have some age on it, so when it says to upload in "filtered html" format, nix that. If you followed the formatting rules religiously, you should be able to upload a doc or docx file directly. Of course then DO download the MOBI preview file and fine-eye that before doing the final Save & Publish. To view the MOBI preview file, you'll need the downloadable previewing software, also free from KDP, and in the same link to the MOBI preview file.
Bryan Andress

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Posted: Sep 13, 2017 11:02 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Thanks NotJohn. These are things I am just curious to know. I appreciate the feedback. You actually reminded me of the other publishing options that I should consider. I almost forgot about Ibooks etc. I am kind of in a tight spot since technically all the royalties from the book sales go directly to a PTA at Downes Elementary School. (The students that worked with me to write and illustrate the book were from that school.) So, I am limited with marketing options since I don't really get profits to then invest into advertising. However, I still want to promote the book since we worked so hard on it etc. So I have tried making a Facebook page, Youtube channel, twitter page, and a website. Personally, I think my biggest plug for the book is the fact in how it was uniquely made. I mean it was designed by a collaborative effort of multiple 5th grade students and myself. However, I am sure patience is a big thing when trying to get started with self-publishing. I know one thing I have read is to get those reviews for the book on Amazon which in turn would assume have the book become more prominent on Amazon. Currently, I have zero. So, if anyone is interested in helping me get up off the ground with a review I would love it. I will certainly check out that free book. Thank you again.

Here are the links for my pages in case anyone is curious:

Website:
https://everycluecounts.wixsite.com/everycluecounts

Youtube:
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Posted: Sep 13, 2017 11:06 AM   in response to: Bryan Andress in response to: Bryan Andress
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Bryan Andress wrote:
So I have published a book as a black and white paper back and in color. However, I am curious to know if it is worth taking a leap into getting it on Kindle as an E-book. Like will the E-book take away from the paperback sales? Or does it just increase viewing which increases sales? Or is it hit or miss? It's a children's book which made me think children's e-books I would figure would be really popular now. I am just not sure. Thanks.

Every Clue Counts: A Children's Sherlock Holmes Story is the name of the book.

Bryan Andress

Edited by: Bryan Andress on Sep 13, 2017 10:05 AM


For what it's worth, Bryan, the vast--vast--majority of children's books do not ever "earn out." That means, to earn back the cost of their production. A successful children's book will sell 500 copies--in its lifetime. That's a successful one. A runaway bestseller? 1500 copies. You haven't published a children's book, you've published a MG (Middle Grade) reader, rather.

Far too many people unfortunately don't understand that the children's and MG book market is actually more fickle, and harder to crack, than the adult market. Your book may sell in the thousands, for all I know, but if I understand that you priced it at $10.00, you will want to be prepared for some sales resistance. In fact, the book would most likely do far far better, in sales, in the eBook market at the $1.99-$2.99 pricing range. While I'm sure that the family members of all the Fifth Graders involved in the project will buy the more-expensive print edition, you're probably not going to have huge sales beyond that, right?

I see that your Fifth Grade class wrote the book, and fortunately, that's what you tell folks upfront so that they're not surprised by what's inside. Good choice.

Yes, you should turn that into an eBook, because it will give you access to a larger marketplace. I doubt that very many other Fifth-Graders--the likely primary audience, aside from the family members of your original class--will have $10 to spend on a paperback for their own reading pleasure. But they may very well have a few dollars and a device upon which to read the SH homage.

Good luck.

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Bryan Andress

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Re: E-Book hesitancy
Posted: Sep 13, 2017 11:17 AM   in response to: booknookbiz in response to: booknookbiz
 
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Thank booknookbiz for a very straight forward and helpful post. I think your very right the MG label which I really hadn't thought about before. My goal is really to reach a broader audience and just see if it sticks. I would think that most MG books get purchased from word of mouth. (One kid telling another kid. "Hey this was a good read") So in the end I think I will pursue the e-book route and go from there. I am also looking into doing an event at a local library which I am sure possibly might help boost sales a little bit. If does catch on which I know is very iffy, I have a prequel to the book in the wings that I am writing currently now. Who knows. However, thank you for your response and support. It's appreciated.

Edited by: Bryan Andress on Sep 13, 2017 11:20 AM
Joseph M Erhardt

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Posted: Sep 13, 2017 2:01 PM   in response to: Bryan Andress in response to: Bryan Andress
 
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Bryan Andress wrote:
Thanks NotJohn. These are things I am just curious to know. I appreciate the feedback. You actually reminded me of the other publishing options that I should consider. I almost forgot about Ibooks etc. I am kind of in a tight spot since technically all the royalties from the book sales go directly to a PTA at Downes Elementary School. (The students that worked with me to write and illustrate the book were from that school.)

I hope you have releases from the parents/guardians to place the students' materials into the book. Even if it's a "class project" with distribution only to the members and their families, it's better to be safe than sorry. Because you are actually exposing this material to general sale, I'd be concerned about this. Note that the kids themselves cannot consent to a business contract.
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