Time for a moan – and a note of caution to anyone hoping to make money from books. In a word, Amazon. I had this naive idea that I would buy books from my publisher at 50% discount then sell them for a bit of a profit, attracting buyers with the extra lure of the DVD about my field studio work. Mmmm… that’s a bit tricky when Amazon is selling the book for the same price as I buy it from the publisher. It then starts to make my DVD look a little pricey (even if it is worth it..!) Royalties? Nope: I went on a no royalties deal to save myself from earning about 50 pence per book on a tiny advance.
The lesson is simple and irrefutable: if you want to publish a paper (rather than electronic) book, publish and distribute it yourself AND/OR have a reason other than a wish to eat for doing the project. Me? Well, I’d like to welcome some of you on the super-duper workshops we are to start running later this year in Scotland. More of that soon.