Another Spectral chapbook option…

Yesterday, I discussed three options with regard to expanding (or not) the print numbers of the limited signed and numbered chapbook runs (see previous blog). There is actually one further option I neglected to mention, which is:

4) Keep the print run as is (ie. 100 copies only) but, every two years, produce an unlimited collected paperback and e-book version. As an added incentive I am looking to include new stories from some of the authors if they’re willing to contribute one.

Option #3 was the one that garnered most favour with those who sent me feedback, which was a route that I was considering myself. However, one correspondent raised the question, with regards to e-book versions, of piracy and the uploading of them onto torrent sites, which is an ever-present threat in our electronically-connected world. I realise that it’s almost inevitable that this will happen regardless, but any measures I can take to minimise the chances of it occurring will be taken. I am of the mind that I will definitely do a paperback collection at the end of two years (yes, people can pirate those too, but there’s a great deal more effort involved). Of course, ultimately it’ll be a matter of weighing up the risks involved, how much something like that would impact on sales, etc, considering that my outfit is, at present, the smallest of the small independent presses and any loss of revenue will hurt.

There WILL be something beyond the chapbooks forthcoming, of that there’s no doubt. It’s now just a matter of deciding what format that something will take. Once again, I will be grateful for any advice and feedback that people out there care to send my way – leave a comment here, or on the Facebook Spectral page, or by sending me an email at spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com.

Looking foward to hearing from you guys!

Spectral chapbooks: the options

A week ago, I ruminated on the dilemma I face as a result of the chapbooks that Spectral publishes taking off in a way I hadn’t expected ( which is a good thing!). The problem I face is simply stated: given that I sell out of each chapbook fairly quickly, should I up the print run or should I keep it as it is? I asked for feedback from readers and other interested parties, and I did indeed get quite a bit, all of which was useful. My thanks to all those who took the time to do so.

My options are these:

1) To keep the numbers limited to 100 – as was pointed out, there is something quite nice about that number and, certainly from my point of view, it’s a comfortable number of copies for me to sell. Plus, I have to consider the authors themselves – slaving away over a hot pen signing all 100 signature sheets!! This was a popular option when it came to feedback.

2) Increasing the print run slightly, to something like 125. Which means more money coming in, for future projects perhaps, but concomitantly lessens the ‘exclusivity’ factor of the chapbooks themselves. Somehow I’m not all that keen on pursuing this one.

3) Keep the physical signed and numbered copies to 100, but release an e-book version roughly a month later, with perhaps an added extra to make it worthwhile (or perhaps, the added extra printed in the physical copy instead, as that is, in essence, premium content). This is the option I particularly favour, as it allows people to ‘collect’ the chapbooks if they wish to do so whilst ensuring that others, who just want to read the story for instance, can also do that. Of course, this means that it won’t be signed or numbered, ie be unlimited. The e-book version might have some other distinguishing characteristic to mark it out with. Of course, I would have to discuss it with the authors in question as to whether they would be willing to go down this route.

4) A variant of #3 would be to go the audiobook route – release the physical chapbook and then follow it at some point with an audio version, perhaps read by the author him/herself. The one factor that could mitigate against this option is simply cost – recording audiobooks is expensive and Spectral doesn’t possess those kind of resources just yet. However, having said that, it’s something I would definitely like to keep in mind as a future possibility.

So those are the current ideas floating about – as with last week, I would very much appreciate any feedback as to what readers and others think of them, and whether there are still other options I haven’t considered. You can either leave a comment here, or on Facebook, or send directly to me at spectralpress[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Whichever way you choose to communicate, I would be very pleased to hear from you!!