***Please note that as the introductory/discount period has ended, Self-Printed is now $4.99 everywhere it’s on sale (excluding VAT and stuff)***
So—finally—something about Self-Printed 2.0 is on time.
As I may have mentioned before, I’ve decided to sell the e-book editions of Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing (2nd Edition)—or Self-Printed 2.0 for short—directly to you, my lovely blog readers, first and for less.
From now until September 23rd, this is the only place from which you can download a Mobi (Kindle), ePub or PDF version of Self-Printed 2.0 and do it for just $2.99 (regular price: $4.99).
Waiting for the paperback edition? I don’t blame you, considering Self-Printed is, like, over 300 pages. But it’s not out yet so if you’d like an e-book preview in the meantime, the good news is that each e-book sold from here contains Mission Impossible-style instructions for downloading a coupon code for 30% discount off the paperback from CreateSpace.
That means that you can buy an e-book edition now and a paperback when it’s available and it will cost you less than only buying the paperback.
Here comes the sums bit: buying an e-book edition from here will cost you $2.99. Inside will be instructions on how to access a coupon code for 30% off the paperback on CreateSpace. With a retail price of $15.95, that means the paperback will cost you $11.16. Add $11.16 for the paperback and $2.99 for the e-book and you get $14.15, or $1.80 less than the paperback alone at full price.
You will have to factor in CreateSpace shipping, which will be around $3.59 for shipping within the U.S. and $4.88 to Europe. Still, you’ll have two editions, be able to start reading one of them now and be $1.80 up when you go to get the paperback so this is a pretty good deal, me thinks.
You can browse the table of contents here. It’s a lot shorter than the first edition’s table of contents, only because that one ran on and on and on. And then on for a while longer. So this time around, I kept it to level 1 and 2 headings. The level 3 will just have to be a surprise…
Just click an image below to buy/download the format of your choice or keep reading for the answers to what I’ve guessed will be frequently asked questions…
(What I Presume Will Be) Frequently Asked Questions
I have the old Self-Printed. Do I need the new one?
If you haven’t yet self-published then yes, because so many things are different now to how they were back in May 2010, and then there’s some completely new stuff as well. (The second edition has an extra 16,000 words on the first. My fingers are like claws, I tell you. CLAWS.) If you’re not sure whether or not you need this alongside your copy of 1.0, my advice would be to buy it in e-book, have a read and then decide whether or not it’s worth your while springing for the paperback edition.
What is Gumroad? Is buying from them secure?
Gumroad is a great product that allows you to sell easily online. You give them a file, they give you a link and whenever someone clicks on that link, they collect the cost of the file and send it to the purchaser. Once a month, they send what they’ve collected to you, the seller. You can find out more about Gumroad here.
From a buyer’s point of view, you’ll enter your credit card details and in return, be sent an e-mail with a link to the file you’ve just bought, which you can then download to your computer. Gumroad will NOT store your credit card information unless you sign up for an account, which you don’t have to.
I wouldn’t be using them unless I had the utmost confidence that they were safe and secure. I also gave them my own credit card information to download one of the e-books as a test to see how it all works, etc. and as far as I know no one has stolen my identity and booked a round-the-world air ticket with my Visa.
I want to buy directly from you but don’t want to give Gumroad my credit card information. What can I do?
I would stress that Gumroad is perfectly secure and that I know authors who have sold 1,000s of e-books through Gumroad without incident, but if you really don’t want to use them, then e-mail me at info[a]catherineryanhoward.com. We’ll arrange payment by PayPal (so you can use your PayPal account or let PayPal process a credit card transaction) and then I’ll email you the file. Simples! Although a warning: I may not respond immediately as I might be out drinking coffee somewhere.
Aren’t you always saying that you should drive all sales to Amazon? So what’s up with this?
Yes, I am always saying that, because the way to sell self-published books is to get Amazon to do the hard work for you with their mysterious magical algorithms. However I’m not at the beginning of my self-publishing adventures anymore and so diverting all traffic into a narrow sales path isn’t as important to me as it once was. What is important is offering the loyal readers of this blog a well-deserved discount on a book that contains information they may need, which I can do because I’ve (temporarily) cut out the middle man.
Rest assured in a couple of weeks Self-Printed 2.0 will be available from all the usual places, but at full price ($15.95 in paperback and $4.99 for e-book).
How does the discount on the paperback work?
Inside these e-book edition is a URL and a password. The URL will take you to a password-protected page, where using said password you will be able to access a discount code that will entitle you to 30% off the paperback when you purchase it directly from CreateSpace. The message will then self-destruct in 5… 4… 3… 2…
The idea is that you have the e-book to read now and the paperback to refer to later for the cost of just the paperback were you to go on Amazon and get it from there. You will have to pay shipping to CreateSpace, of course, but it won’t be any different than what you’d pay if you were buying the book from Amazon. The only thing is if you were buying it from Amazon you might be able to add it to some other items and get free Super Saver shipping, but unfortunately there’s no way for me to offer you a discount on Amazon purchases.
What edition is on Amazon right now?
There shouldn’t be any edition on there. I have made the paperback of the first edition of the paperback unavailable and unpublished the corresponding Kindle edition. When they do go on general release, the second editions will be clearly marked.
By the way, if you see the first edition paperback on sale for something ridiculous like £900, it’s not actually for sale at that price. It’s actually out of print—because now that’s it out of date and has been replaced by the second edition, I unpublished it—and that’s just what happens before it switches to “available from these sellers” which is Amazon speak for out of print.
How did you make these e-books?
I made them using Scrivener’s “compile” feature, which exports your book to .mobi and .epub editions. (I made the PDF with Word.)
When will the paperback be available?
From next Friday, 21st September, all going well.
Will this page always be here?
Yes, but after the 23rd—when the e-books go on general release—the e-books will be $4.99, just like they’ll be on Amazon, etc. The lovely people at eBookPartnership are currently doing some conversions for me and it’ll be those that are available from here on a permanent basis. My long-term plan is to have all my e-book titles available direct in this way.
What coffee do you recommend I drink while reading Self-Printed 2.0?
At the moment I’m really into a lungo (or long espresso) made with Nespresso Arpeggio capsules and topped up with boiling water at home, and flat whites from a fantastic Irish coffee chain with the best name ever, Insomnia, when I’m not. Although any large quantity of a caffeinated substance will do…