A Life of Choice is fact-based fiction, presently available as a five-part novel for Kindle. The story is the most popular title in my catalogue.
If my first attempts at this tale were included, A Life of Choice has been a work in progress for about twenty-two years. On the other hand if we were to treat my military service as research for the story—it goes back to forty-eight years.
Whatever else I published it was always important to me that I completed this project. It was heart-warming to see the first reviews from serving personnel and ex-Service personnel, of course, but to see glowing reviews from readers who’d never donned a military uniform—gratifying.
As with all of my writing, it was never my intention to publish in paperback, but like many things, I’ve decided to change course and take that step.
– Since the first part was published as an eBook (two years ago), I’ve had requests to produce the story in paperback. There are many people out there who either have difficulty using a digital reader, or simply prefer a physical book.
– It will give me the opportunity to use the paperback version as a gift, or on occasion a ‘prize’ in draws for various military charities.
Do I expect to make a profit from sales of a paperback edition?
– I don’t write to make money, which I like to think is reflected in the price range of my eBooks. My titles are competitively priced or they wouldn’t be treated seriously.
– By the very nature of indie paperback publication the individual books are expensive when compared to availability of the household names in any supermarket or bookstore.
– I’ve created the covers for my eBooks with a few exceptions—those being designed by a professional cover designer.
– This series will have covers created by Aimee Coveney of Author Design Studio.
What’s going on with the ‘Five into Three’?
I produced the story in logical parts to publish as eBooks, but the individual books would not justify the price set by Amazon for paperback versions—in my opinion.
Due to the the process and use of the data provided by the author, the Amazon KDP system requires exact information when relating an eBook to a paperback. I’m taking a risk, but trying to think outside the box.
– For the paperback version, the series will be broken into three parts. They will still be ‘logical’ parts, but of greater substance than their digital counterparts.
– To ensure the job is done properly I’ve spent many hours selecting where to move chapters from one book to another in order to adjust overall length. This has entailed amending the Preface and the Epilogue in each part.
– As I did with Amsterdam Calling, and Ten Days in Panama, I am underway with a complete revision of the story. The tale will remain the same, the humour or more serious aspects will stay in place, but the writing will be tighter. I will also be adjusting the use of uppercase letters for certain instances.
– Instead of associating the paperbacks directly with the eBooks within the Amazon system, I will sub-title the paperbacks as The Trilogy Edition. I’m in the process of writing appropriate jacket blurbs to highlight that it is the same story but in a different format. This will also forestall any conflict with Amazon and their ‘Matchbook’ process.
Will the updated writing have a detrimental effect on the eBook version?
I will be using the rewritten chapters from within the paperback manuscripts to replace the chapters in the appropriate eBooks. In this way, the writing is updated but the front and back matter of each book remains constant.
How will I prevent issues with the publication of the ‘original’ and ‘updated’ editions of the eBooks?
I will prepare all five eBooks and update them in one session so that they’ll become ‘live’ on the Amazon system within hours of each other.
How will I ensure that ‘The Trilogy Edition’ paperback version is seen to be the same story?
– I will not publish any of the paperback versions until I have all three completed.
– As with the eBook updated versions, I will publish the three paperbacks in a single session, aiming for them to appear within hours. Paperbacks are not purchased as rapidly or frequently as eBooks so there isn’t as much pressure on timing.
– A Life of Choice: The Trilogy Edition – Part One is completed.
There you have it, people.
In my next post I’ll report on how things are going with my conversion of five into three, and I’ll explain why my eBook publishing plans for this year have been altered.
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