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Can You Recoup the Cost of Self-Publishing?

Those of you who have been following my mini-blog tour know that I paid for a professional cover for, and editing of, Carnal Secrets. One of the commenters on March 10th asked me the following question: …do you feel the money you put out will be made up in sales?

At that time, I responded: I think I’m going to recoup the cost and make some profit this year. Even if I don’t make any profit this year, I still think it was money well-spent because I have a professional product…

I thought I’d post a quick update on the situation:

As of early this week (ie, a little over a month since I put the story out), I have recouped the entire production cost of Carnal Secrets. (I’m not including the number of hours I spent writing, revising and promoting the story. I’m talking purely about the actual cash layout for the book.)

Am I happy? Of course! I’m thrilled!

More importantly, I’m grateful to fantastic reviewers, book bloggers and my readers. I really wasn’t sure what kind of reception I’d get with the story, especially with it being self-published and my not having a decent platform, etc.

So thank you. :)

10 comments to “Can You Recoup the Cost of Self-Publishing?”

  1. SarahT
    · March 27th, 2011 at 12:34 am · Link

    Yay! Congratulations. ‘Carnal Secrets’ is a great book and deserves its success.

  2. Tarah Scott
    · March 27th, 2011 at 1:22 am · Link

    I read the excerpt. Very well done. As professional as anything I’ve read. As long as a book is well written and well edited, I could care less who publishes it.

  3. Nadia Lee
    · March 27th, 2011 at 12:41 am · Link

    Thank you so much, Sarah!!!!

  4. Julia Rachel Barrett
    · March 27th, 2011 at 12:25 pm · Link

    Outstanding! I’m so glad to hear this – following in your footsteps!

  5. Linnae
    · March 27th, 2011 at 12:42 pm · Link

    I love the cover design…a simple design yet sophisticated and sexy all at once.

    I hope you nominate it in the Cover Cafe cover contest. Who did you have design your cover? They did an excellent job!

  6. Nadia Lee
    · March 27th, 2011 at 12:20 pm · Link

    Thanks, Tarah!

  7. Nadia Lee
    · March 27th, 2011 at 12:43 pm · Link

    Thanks, Julia! :) Good luck with your ventures.

  8. Nadia Lee
    · March 27th, 2011 at 1:04 pm · Link

    Linnae — Oh thank you so much! I may nominate. I was too shy to even consider it. :oops: Frauke Spanuth from CrocoDesigns did it. She’s incredibly talented!

  9. Savannah Chase
    · March 28th, 2011 at 3:09 am · Link

    Huge congrats…I am not surprised at all….

  10. Nadia Lee
    · March 28th, 2011 at 8:08 am · Link

    Thank you, Savannah!

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