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Putting publications in print. Anyone want a copy?

8 Jun

Ploughing through the various ways of self-publishing in print is very interesting. So, I thought I’d share a few thoughts on the subject and show you an early version I have had done for quality comparison.

Back in the day, I remember the old indie RPG crowd in a similar position to Grinning Skull, and remembered the various ways of printing their home-brewed scenarios and sourcebooks and rules. Many were spiral bound for ease of use during play, so first off, I wanted to check it out for the old skool vibe. Since many of the titles in the back catalogue (Of which there are over 100!), many of them lack the large page count to justify such becoming an A4 spiral bound book without either compiling them or changing them enough for such a task.

As you can see, “The Witch’s Daughter” (GSAM01) scenario was a good fit, being that the 68-page count does actually warrant such binding. I can say, the printing of the front and back cover is perfect and glossy, the interior is lovely edge to edge printing of decent quality black and white. I can’t complain about this test version.

I hope to produce limited runs of several titles over time and offer them for purchase to see who would be interested in having a copy (If your interested in getting a copy in this or another format, please get in touch and I’ll give you more details) Print titles planned for this A4 format (Probably more likely to be in A4 Saddle-stitched format) will include Modules GSAM01 The Witch’s Daughter (Above) GSAM02 Singularity (Sci-fi adventure, coming soon) and GSAM03 Betrayal at Tarsus Mor (fantasy adventure, coming soon), plus there will be Grinning skull’s Book of Riddles (an edited and combined edition of 100 Riddles volumes 1 & 2), A collected and added to version of Grim’s Dungeons of Doom articles found on this site, and the next Grinning Skull Compendium/Annual for 2017.

Let me know your thoughts, interest and comments, either by the comments box below, or contact me via the form.

Also, a quick reminder, The Witch’s Daughter is still available from us in PDF format and as part of the “Witch’s Daughter Adventure bundle” deal that adds extra relevant titles at a discounted price.

Brainfarts: Selling adverts in RPG Ebooks: Can it work? Can you make it viable?

2 Jun

So, more thinking out loud here, I’m going to talk about something that is virtually non existent in RPG ebook media as far as I am aware, which could either be a real pain for me, or a real bonus.

To recap, while before I could advertise my own projects, material and goods etc on the WP blog platform, if I got caught advertising any other persons stuff without monetisation, I’d have been shut down, never to return. This restriction did not apply to my ebooks, in which I can publish whatever the fuck I like (with restrictions on dodgy material and such) however many pages I want, there is freedom to advertise anything.

Now the advertising word is my oyster, so to speak.

Sure, a couple of people moaned about me adding adverts at the back for my products, but the rest have said nothing. Whether it’s a sign of apathy, or that no one cares that I’m sticking the ads in at the end, listening to the vocal few is always a bad thing, so I’ll plump for the apathy angle instead.

Hear this idea out, then you can discuss, comment and chip in with your own thoughts.

These ads cost me nothing to put in, so why not make some cash by letting others do the same? So, before the nay sayer’s chip in and yap about it’s not worth it to advertise in my PDFs, why then, did plenty of real hobby advertisers opt to advertise in last years Grinning Skull Compendium 2016 if it’s no good to do so? Even so it was offered by me to do it for free, if there were no value to advertisers, then why bother? That is because, it is a good idea.

You might think that even so my releases don’t sell into the thousands usually, you forget that these adverts are classed as being in the niche subject of direct targeted adverts. With that the value goes up, the chance of response also goes up and job is done.

Since the idea was taken up with the compendium, why not take this forward and try again, only this time lets try and get it to pay. A full A5 sized page ad (half A4 page size) could be expensive to pay for, but as I am not a huge name publisher, I’m willing to keep the price low. Also I’d be inclined to offer the ad in each new small PDF release until 2018 as incentive to advertisers. Maybe selling myself short? but, as they cost me nothing to include, then I think this adds extra value to tempt niche advertisers to part with their cash. How much? $20 seems reasonable to me for almost seven months worth of promotion in a niche hobby publication.

Now while many advertisers were happy to take the free offer, how many would be willing to pay for the privilage? $20 is hardly anything for a whole 7 months worth of ads (and beyond if you consider that the PDFs will contain the ads whilst in that edition) I’d limit it, to the first 20 advertisers to take up such offer, and negotiate any others after that (space providing, and smaller ad, maybe $15 for a quarter page for same amount of time) I’d draft a template letter, containing the details, then isolate 100 potential niche hobby companies and potential advertisers, and send the offer. This would then be easy to log the results, maximise the potential of filling the schedule and net a possible $400+. Noice!

Can it be done? Will anyone be brave enough to be included and pathe the way for my grand future plan? (not telling just yet) Who can tell?

The reason for this transparency, is that I want to show those of you out there, that indeed there are other ways around situations like this, and to prove or fail in the attempt. Sure, I could do this in secret, try it myself and not publish how it worked or didn’t, but since this is an experiment, I wanted to share what happens in case you are in a similar situation and would like to do the same. I’m nice like that, you know, and want you all to know that I care about you all so much! Apart from that man at the back picking his nose, I don’t like him!!

So, what are your thoughts? Good idea? Bad idea? Is there any validity? Are there any small publishers like myself who have an opinion on this?

As ever, comment, share, and get a conversation going. I’d love to hear your opinions!

Let me know what you think, would you like me to try it? Would you try it?

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