Thursday February 21, 2008
Reading the lengthy document from O Books forwarded by Gordon Phinn reminded me what an awful mess it is, trying to be a publisher, and how little I know. So — redirection. And, I brought my anxieties to the Explorer list and Becky Carroll (I think it was) suggested I ask for assistance in this as I did Hemingway. Duh! It’s amazing that I should still need to be reminded of that possibility.
Since I don’t know who I should contact, I’ll go about it another way: Gentlemen, please put me into contact with anyone who can help me see how to structure a viable enterprise for present and coming conditions. You tell me what I need, as opposed to what I think I need.
You cannot/would not do the things necessary to compete in the traditional book-selling business, so the true difficulties of the trade should be – if anything – encouragement to you.
You are not seeking a casual buyer or the impulse buyer in a bookstore. You want the right people who can profit from your work.
Therefore, concentrate on the question of how they will find you, and you see that it is as it was originally in Hampton Roads to you lost sight of it – or rather to you lost confidence; let them find you Upstairs and your job is done.
Now what does this mean in practice?
It means simply have something to offer that people need, send out the word partly by free samples and partly by talking about it and mostly by concentrating on it Upstairs – and they will find you because it will answer their needs.
Commerce always tempts you to panic, thinking you can’t compete blind. But that needn’t be the situation.
Yes I see that. Website, blog, e-mails, written content, all acting as beacons toward people.
Then if you want to go on the road you can – but you don’t need to. You don’t need to do anything you don’t want to do. But think in terms of service.
Yes. I know these things but it is true, a form of panic takes over when I think “where is the money going to come from?” That advice in the O Books document scared me.
Diversify your product – get more variants of each thing – and you will do well. Put out Babe as an e-book at a low price – five dollars perhaps – and then as a printed book – and then as an audio file if you wish (we’re not recommending that, just pointing out possibilities outside the box) and then as action figures and bubblegum cards if you care to!
Or I could sell the e-book at $10 and give a $5 rebate off the print version.
Or you could take money for both, delivering the e-book immediately and the printed book X months later.
And I have lots of product to be developed – audio files of sessions in the box or with Rita, say. They could be offered for a small but not negligible charge.
Bundle them and the amount can be made more significant. 10 prep sessions for one price, say $10. This makes it negligible per session for your buyer – provided that it is inexpensive for you to produce.
I could read parts of Muddy Tracks into an audio file. I could produce lots of audio stuff in fact that people could download it onto their iPods or whatever people use.
Of course. You see, you have more flexibility, more opportunity, than you were realizing.
Yes. If I think of myself as a beacon, transmitting, that is a very freeing image. But it’s insane in conventional terms.
That’s why no partners. Use your intuitions, your connection, and hold the vision.
Alright, I can do this. As soon as we start talking I can see that indeed I am getting back into the rut of the printed word only and that is not what I am. I am a communicator! So — any means.
How will they find you?
Keywords. How do I properly configure things for keywords?
Exactly. Get expert help for optimizing. Experts, not partners.