Let’s talk shop for a few minutes. A while back I ran a poll on my Facebook page for the purpose of gauging interest in a limited print run for the first volume of ULT. The results were mostly in favor. The problem, however, is how to make this happen that’s both cost effective for me and for you.
Currently, Precipice will release the collection exclusively on the Kindle platform next Spring. We arrived at this conclusion based on the fact that sales of ALT & TLM are slow and doing a traditional print run is expensive. Digital releases, however, are relatively inexpensive by comparison and are therefore more financially feasible.
There’s still a problem, though. A portion of my readers (e.g. You) still prefer something tangible. Doing a limited print run would satisfy their needs while still making the book available to largest market possible. However, in its current capacity, Precipice is unable to provide the services necessary to accommodate a print run. Money’s simply not there right now.
So I have a couple of options that I want to run by you, because ultimately it’s your money that will make this happen. If you still want it, that is.
First, let’s cover the bases. If a print run happens, it will be limited in the following ways:
- The limited edition would be a book of the same trim size as ALT & TLM: 6”x9”. Binding (Trade or Hardcover) is to be determined.
- Orders would be taken for a set period of time. Once the window closes, no more orders will be accepted.
- No ISBN number would be assigned to the print edition, meaning it wouldn’t be available anywhere but through me.
- All copies would be signed, numbered, and personalized to your specifications.
- All orders would receive a complimentary digital copy as well.
Although I haven’t worked out specifics, I do have a few ideas on how to make a would-be limited edition even more special, such as adding additional content not available in the widely available digital version.
Now, how do we make this happen?
We can use the same printer as Precipice does for ALT & TLM provided there’s a minimum order of 50 copies. If there’s diehard interest and at least 50 people interested in this, then that bumps the edition into super nice hardcover territory. I still need to work out price points, but I can say with certainty that a limited hardcover run probably put the cost around $30 to $40 mark. Considering some mainstream hardcovers have a list price within that ballpark, I don’t think that’s unreasonable.
However, if there are less than 50 people interested, I will (regretfully) have to go with Lulu (CreateSpace is out of the question—Read here if you want to know why) to satisfy the print edition. This would mean a trade paperback in the $20 to $30 range. I can’t speak for Lulu’s quality since I haven’t used them in several years, but they weren’t terrible (unlike another POD service).
Going with LSI (Precipice’s printer) carries setup costs, but if we reach the 50 copy minimum, those fees would come out of the top-line sale. In return you’ll get a 6 x 9 hardcover with a nice matte finish.
With Lulu, there are no setup costs, resulting in a lower price for you. In return you’ll get a 6 x9 paperback with a glossy finish and slightly lower-grade paper.
Ultimately this is up to you, folks. You tell me what you want and I’ll see what I can do to accommodate your request.
Hit the comments. Let me know.