Saturday, July 6, 2013

Attack of the Paperbacks

One of the best ways I've recently found to get my writing out there is through multiple formats. On a lot of my e-books, I like to give people the option of an e-book or an audio book. While I mostly just sell at Amazon, I now have free books through other vendors and I'm trying out a $9.99 combo photo travel book at Barnes and Noble. E-books have done well for me so far this year and I've sold over 100 audio books since January. With my new photo based travel books (I make one pretty much every time we go on a cool vacation), I didn't really have the option of doing audio books because 1. they wouldn't make any sense without the pictures and 2. they're very short without the pictures.


So I decided a while back to modify my photo-based travel books and give people a paperback option using Createspace (since they distribute through Amazon.) I ordered a proof of each one of the four books in my travel series and they look pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. Here's a couple of pictures of what the front and back covers look like for a few of them:

three travel paperbacksback travel paperbacks

The photos on the inside turned out better than I was expecting and so all of the paperbacks look great both outside and inside. I'm really happy with the way the proof copies turned out. I've already given a couple of them away but I had to hold on to at least one because they're pretty fun to reread.

So far, I've sold a handful of paperback copies in the U.S. and the U.K. I make almost nothing on them, I really just want to let people have the option of a paperback if they don't have a Kindle, don't want the Kindle app, or just prefer paperbacks. Just as an FYI, I make less than a dollar for each copy that I sell. Three of them are $9.99 and the longest book is $14.99. I had to price them that high because of the amount of pictures in each one. Ink isn't cheap and my $14.99 travel book has over 125 pictures in it plus text plus the amazing front and back cover shots.

If you've ordered one, two, three, or all four of these and I live close to you, I would be happy to sign them the next time I see you if you'd like me to. These four are all 100% Randy Morris originals. I made the front and back covers, I took all the photos in the books, and I researched and wrote out the background history for the pictures. I'm pretty proud of them. I need to give a shout out to my mom though because she pays for us to go on some pretty amazing vacations and she does all of the planning. So Mom, this is one of the only times you'll ever hear me say this... you're awesome. :-P

All four are available on Amazon and that's probably the best way to get them. Keep in mind that Amazon gives you free shipping on orders over $25 and you could easily hit that price point by buying a few of these. Here's the links:

Traveling Asia: The Philippines -
Traveling Asia: Tokyo, Taipei, & Hong Kong -
Traveling the U.S.: Hawaii -
Traveling the U.S.: East Coast History -

If you decide to purchase copies (paperback or ebook), thank you for supporting me as a part-time author. I've dreamed of people buying my books since I was a little kid... I just never imagined I could actually sell hundreds of books a year in several different formats in my twenties. Eventually, I plan on aiming for the thousands. I hope everyone had a great Independence Day (if you're in the U.S.) and have a great Saturday.

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