From author Elizabeth Spann Craig:
As a writer who is both traditionally-published and self-published, I have an admission to make. I work very hard on my traditionally published books. But I work even harder on my self-published stories.
I’m not saying my self-published stories are better.
But I want to make sure that each element of every book is as good as I can make it. I don’t have a huge team behind me for my self-pub…I have a small one. And I don’t want to let the readers down. I feel more accountable. I feel determined to make sure the quality is as good and that my readers won’t notice a difference between series.
But what’s been amazing to me is that I haven’t gotten any feedback from readers regarding the fact that some of my books are trad-pubbed and some are self. I’ve seen no indication that they’re aware I am a hybrid writer.
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But here is my main thought, and I’ve been mulling this over a bit, recently. So…one of the main reasons I see from writers why they’re pursuing trad-pub is the distribution to bookstores. And I get great distribution and shelf placement with Penguin-Random House…on a tower near the café for the first month after release.
So…why don’t I get complaint emails from readers that they can’t find my Myrtle books in the Barnes and Noble? Because I do have a healthy number of readers for that series. Strong sales.
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I suspect that the lack of print distribution for my self-pubbed series at the Barnes and Noble doesn’t matter. The books are available in print—from Amazon. And I do get checks from CreateSpace each month…there are still readers wanting print.
But are they just getting most of their print books from Amazon now?
Link to the rest at Elizabeth Spann Craig and thanks to Deb for the tip.
Here’s a link to Elizabeth Spann Craig’s books