Y’all getting tired of these yet? I am. But I realized something today that I wanted to share with the rest of you.
See this book cover? I designed it. I used stock art from a website that gave it away for free as long as I tell people where I got it. (stock.xchng). Everything else I did myself in PhotoShop, which was given to me. So the cover literally did not cost me a thing, and I LOVE it.
Why did I point that out? I’m getting there.
Now, the three bigger stories in this collection were published in chapbook form by Ghostwriter Publications. You remember those pictures, right? If not, here they are again:
Now, that chapbook cost 2.99 GBP, which is equivalent to $4.32 USD. Take a look at that chapbook. See how thin and insubstantial it seems? Note the cheesy stapled spine? Would you pay almost $5 for it? I wouldn’t. Especially considering the half-hearted editing. And I never made any money off their sales if anyone did pay that much for them, because as you already know, Neil Jackson of Ghostwriter Publications never paid me.
So, fast forward to Sunday night, when the Kindle version of THE LAKE AND 16 OTHER STORIES went live. In the first 24 hours, I sold seven Kindle copies. I can hear you now. 7 whole copies. Wooohooo. You ain’t gonna retire on that, David. And you’re right. I won’t. But that isn’t the point.
The point here is that on those 7 copies I made $2.45 USD. Still not impressive, I agree, but every bit of it is profit because I did everything myself.
Here is what all this boils down to:
I made more money off those same three stories in ONE DAY than I made with Neil Jackson and Ghostwriter Publications in almost a year.
A. YEAR. PEOPLE.
Anyone reading this post and considering going with Neil Jackson and Ghostwriter Publications should take this information into account. I did better as an unknown, self published indie author in ONE DAY than I did with Ghostwriter Publications in almost a year.
Food for thought.