If it's selling well digitally, why offer it in print? It's a good question. A lot of authors are now offering eBooks only because of the lower production costs and low barriers to entry. Since my book is Christmas-themed, it will probably only sell at Christmas time. While I'm sure some parents will buy the book for their children, I also expect gifts to make up a large portion of sales. But you can't "gift" an eBook. At least, not yet. And I have such a short selling window (October through December) that I'd like to boost visibility of the title in every way possible. So that means having physical copies of the book around. I'm hoping it will be an impulse purchase for Christmas shoppers with young children on their list.
I would LOVE to print a hardcover edition of the book, but unfortunately, that is not an option at this time. If it looks like I am building a large demand, then I may be able to justify the costs and not lose money with a hardcover. Until then, it will be a softcover print edition with a laminated cover. I'm still working out all the details, like trim size and bleed, etc. But it's pretty exciting stuff. Also, I have to thank MeeGenius for being okay with my doing this. You will see their cute owl logo on the back cover with info about the eBook. Can't wait to get it all rolling!
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