Journey to a New POD Land

This past weekend, the Sweet Journey completed a jump through hyperspace. Or something like that. Let me rewind a bit and explain....

Several years ago, when I released Journey to Yandol, and other stories as a little paperback book through CafePress, I never expected it to go very far. The "base price" for the book was so high that even with only a tiny markup the final cost was high enough that I didn't expect anybody to buy it. With the exception of one copy purchased by a friend, I believe that prediction of zero sales came true. About a year ago, however, after releasing Lesson One: Revolution! for the Kindle, I realized there was no reason to not also release the Journey to Yandol collection for the Kindle as well. It took me several months after that to get around to making it available for the Nook.

As it moved into new formats, Journey to Yandol, and other stories held on to some rather ugly aspects of its CafePress paperback roots. For one thing, the cover was really simplistic and not really indicative of the genre of the stories (i.e., mostly science fiction). The table of contents in the e-books was poorly formatted, with page numbers literally referencing the CafePress paperback edition. Over the past few months, however, I have been working to correct those issues, all the while assuming that I would also remove the book from CafePress. I designed a new cover, which hopefully communicates the genre effectively, and I fixed the table of contents to actually allow navigation within the e-book. The inability to update the cover design on CafePress was the final straw, so to speak, so I began planning to re-release the paperback through a different print-on-demand (POD) service.

So, what happened this past weekend? I completed that process, by releasing the paperback through CreateSpace, which makes it available for purchase through Amazon. All those years ago, when I first released the book, I never expected that I would now be able to say that you can get Journey to Yandol, and other stories for the Kindle, for the Nook, and as a paperback on Amazon. It may never gain a significant audience, but I am still happy to be able to use the self-publishing tools of Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and CreateSpace to make it available in a variety of formats. To quote "Bobby" from one of the stories in the collection: "This ain't one of them space TV shows. It's real." Yes, indeed, it's real: Indie writers can share their work almost instantaneously around the world. I'm sure Gutenberg never expected that!

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Stuart J. Whitmore is an author of fiction and nonfiction, as well as a photographer, technology developer, and more. If you enjoy reading his blog posts, you might also enjoy reading his books. Take a look at the books by Stuart J. Whitmore today, and download your copy of one that looks interesting to you!