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ebook: Organizing Life as Mom
date published: October 2010
ebook: The Summer Survival Guide
date published: May 2011
ebook: Fifty Books to Enjoy with Kids (written by Veronica Getskow, edited by Jessica Fisher and Janel Piersma)
date published: June 2012
ebook: A Simpler Season
date published: July 2012
Case Study: You've written multiple ebooks plus several cookbooks with traditional publishers? How would you compare/contrast the two experiences?
Several of your ebooks include optional add-ons for an additional cost. How did you make the decision to offer those as paid add-ons rather than free bonuses? How have those contributed to your sales revenue?
I make more money on ebooks, at least so far, but the traditional route provides new connections and “street credit”. I’d say the “real books” have the potential to lead to other opportunities than my self-published books might not secure, ie TV appearances, etc.
I have less control with my publisher than in my self-publishing, but I have a GREAT publisher, so I’ve learned a lot and worked with some fabulous people. That experience has helped me as an author in tremendous ways. I love all the people that I work with through my publisher. Plus, it’s nice to have folks who have a vested interest in your success.
As a busy, homeschooling mom, blogger and cookbook author, how do you find time to write ebooks as well?
OLAM is really the only one like this. I realize that not everyone is in the unique niche of being a homeschool mom who blogs, so I offered separate packages that appeal to a variety of readers.
Since Kindle is not yet in an easily printable format, it was necessary to offer the printable pages in a separate format, so the printable packs for Simpler Season and 50Books are only for folks who buy the kindle. Those who buy the pdf versions get the whole thing. It’s priced accordingly. The kindle is $6, the printable pack is $3, the whole pdf version is $9. It just was a way to make the content more accessible to folks via kindle, ipad, etc.
Well, I haven’t released many new books, though there is one or two in the works at the moment. Since I started writing traditional cookbooks, I’ve needed to turn my attention there. As for finding the time, I’d say that it all happens in seasons. Some seasons I just bear down and work on an ebook and then go into maintenance mode. The same applies to all the spheres I’m working in. What does your ebook publishing process look like? Do you create any of the design/formatting, or do you just write the content and send it to your designer to be formatted and prettied up?
I’m very much a DIY kind of person. I designed OLAM myself and subbed out the cover artwork to my designer, Joy Miller @FiveJs Design. Joy also will prepare logos and other artwork for me to include in the books, as well as give feedback on the designs for the other books or make a mock-up for me to copy and implement. My assistant, Janel Piersma, and I collaborated on the SSG as well as 50 Books and Simpler Season. Is there anything else from your experience you'd like to share?
I wrote two books (Cooking with Kids and Pretty Cool Cakes) during my first year of blogging. They sold okay, but I think the fact that they were low priced made them seem devalued. They were cookbooks and made me think that cookbook ebooks didn’t have a future. But, this was back in 2008/9, when the ebook scene was really different. I tried again with More Cool Cakes and it didn’t go over well. I pulled them all in 2011, prior to the Kindle/iPad explosion.
Janel has formatted CWK for kindle and I’m playing with the idea of trying again with a revised version of that book.