Monday, January 8, 2018

Think Of Self-Publishing As A Business Endeavor, Not A Creative One

I'm welcoming in the New Year of podcast guests with Alex Lidell, author of THE CADET OF TILDOR from Penguin, as well as the TIDES series, which she self-published. I've known Alex since 2013, when we debuted together, and have watched her flourish as a hybrid author.

I invited Alex onto the podcast to share her wealth of knowledge when it comes to self-publishing, but many of her insights transpose to traditional publishing as well. Listeners of all types will gain a lot by tuning in, and be sure to follow through to the end... Alex likes to give things away.




If you enjoy this episode - or any that aired in 2017 - please consider donating so that I can keep the podcast on the air.

I started this blog shortly after landing my first book deal. I decided to pay it forward by hosting a blog where I asked published and agented authors all the questions I'd had when I was aspiring. The blog has been regularly updated for seven years now, taking a lot of my time and attention, with no monetary return. Often I have thought it was time for me to hang it up, but whenever the thought crossed my mind I would get an email from a follower who let me know how the blog had helped them on their publishing journey.

In 2017 I decided that if the blog was going to keep existing it also needed to grow and offer my followers something new. The Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire podcast came from that idea. I have been broadcasting weekly since March of 2017. With 40+ episodes aired, over 1200 followers and almost 10k downloads, I can call the podcast a success.
It is however, not a monetary success.
Costwise, I pay $108 for hosting and $240 for recording software. These are revolving costs, and while not high, the real expense comes from the time involved. This is a one-woman show. I set up interviews, record, edit, and go through post-production with each episode. I'm putting in anywhere from 5 to 8 hours with each epsiode. Weekly episodes means I'm putting nearly 400 hours each year into the podcast. That's something I can't maintain in 2018 without compensation for my time.
If the blog or podcast have been of any assistance to you in your writing life, I would very much appreciate monetary support so that I can continue to produce them.

3 comments:

Matt Sinclair said...

I love when I learn things about topics I feel I should know a lot about. Alex had great comments about the different approaches to cover design between indie publishers with an ebook focus and traditional publishers with a physical bookstore focus.

Overall, a very informative episode on a podcast that has become an essential resource for authors at many stages of the publishing path.

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