Do indie authors still do paperback versions? I’m sure many do, and I’m one of them. The paperback versions are great for many reasons:
- They feel so good in your hands! You work is an actual thing – not just some pixels on a screen. Even if it’s only for the author himself, it’s worth it to get a paperback.
- Many reviewers still prefer to hold an actual book in their hands. When you have a paperback, you can place it in their hands. Yes, it costs money, but the return can be worth it.
- Paperbacks are great for selling at readings or other meet-and-greet type events. They’re essential, I would argue, for this purpose.
- Hey, face it, your friends and family love the paperbacks too!
- They are not that difficult to make. If you are even a little savvy with the computer, you can put together your own paperback through Createspace or other company in a snap. Or you can pay someone to do it for you.
For me, making paperbacks available is still a useful strategy for book marketing.
Here’s the artwork for my latest. Thoughts?