Because I decided to self-publish my first book, I have become obsessed with every single stage of the process.
This may or may not be a good thing.
Currently, I’m fixated with marketing and distribution issues. This means trying to set up the Building Passions website for direct sales and all the associated technical and legal requirements. It also means working out the easiest and most cost effective way to mail books out to UK and overseas purchasers.
A simple example was what I did this week.
I mailed 2 proof copies of the book to a UK and and EU address to check delivery costs and duration. The EU one required a customs declaration. The UK one was tracked, but that may be a luxury.
I found a friendly, quiet Post Office where they are happy to process as many packages as I want, though they told me a No Deal Brexit could raise prices and slow down delivery times to the EU. Two large parcels arrived today with jiffy envelopes, so I just need the printed books to put into them, which should be with me from the week of 8 November.
I will commission others to do fulfilment for me assuming the orders come in regularly. It would be nice if people wanted to read the printed book enough to justify this, but they can do it electronically as well at www.kobo.com, and ultimately the environment would suffer less.
There’s always a silver lining …