Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Why I Decided to Focus On Ebooks From Now On

As you can see from the previous post, I have printed two books on April 2009.
These books had significantly larger printings than my previous two books.
I printed 700 copies for the first book (200 that I more or less sold, and then 500, that I more or less didn't). And 200 for the second one (starting to run out of copies just about now, four years later).
The third and fourth books were different:

  • They were not Science Fiction or Fantasy.
  • I had a wholesale guy who was willing to work with me on them, which meant they would be sold at the stores (they still are, the first two books are still not at the stores).
  • They were going to be PRed (now I know this does not mean much, but back then...)
So I thought I had all the reasons to be optimistic
... and printed 2,000 copies of each.

I got tons of PR. People said the books were good all over the papers, National TV, and National Radio.
So far, two and a half years later, I sold something like 200 copies of each.

About a year ago I got a phone call from my wholesaler, who is a REALLY nice guy. He  said something along the lines of: "we are moving to a smaller warehouse, and I've got thousands of your books here. Do you want to take them, or shall we destroy them?"
I'm just a regular guy living in a not very large apartment, so I said: "looks like I have no choice. Destroy them."
So never mind the monetary loss (something like 20K$), but how can I possibly justify such damage to the environment?

So when I found the Mendele website (Warning: the site contains mainly Hebrew characters), a few months later, I was delighted. I started selling my books as Ebooks there, and so far I've sold only a few, but I'm happy as punch!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Books We Have in Print

Starting to make this orderly, just about now.
Here is a list of the six print books we have published in Hebrew so far.
In the next few posts I will talk about Ebooks, and why we are mostly going to go with only Ebooks from now on.
Maybe at some future point in time, I will have more to say about the publication process of the print books, other than what I have written so far. 

So here are our print books according to publishing order:

Book Name                            Author                                Publication Date        What Kind of Book is it?

Keter Malchut                         Uri Meir (me)                      June 2007                  5 fantasy short stories.

Days Are Coming                   Ido Gendel                         October 2007             8 SF short stories.

Three Penguins in the City    Mariella Chenu Melchior      April 2009                  Illustrated Children's Book.                                             
Taliya.Date.Com                    Taliya Finkel                       April 2009                  Documentary Poetry.

Not Going Anywhere              Mois Bennaroch                  April 2010                  Poetic Anthology.

Empire                                    Shlomit Guy                       November 2010          One Year of English Football.

Sorry this came out so crooked, it's the best I could do without tables!