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Bruce Devereaux is one of the nicest people he knows. When not at work he enjoys reading, writing, hiding from his children and not changing nappies.

 

His career, and if we used the term any more loosely an e might fall out, has included a gardener, a personal lender, a console operator, a stop/go man (not as big a bludge as you might think but great if you’re into sunburn, abuse and varicose veins), a cleaner of banks and pubs and, for a very brief period, a door to door salesman (until the last door he knocked on was answered by a very scary woman with tremendously hairy legs).

 

Bruce Devereaux currently works as a forty-five-year-old award winning customer service officer (glass statuette available upon request) for the Bank of Queensland and as a very casual employee for Corrective Services. He likes to believe he excels at both but then he has always been prone to exaggeration.

 

His favourite colour is green, with a picture of Dame Nellie Melba on one side and General Sir John Monash on the other. His favourite flower is self-raising.

 If you see him around town, call his wife immediately - he's probably snuck out and left her alone with all the kids.


 

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Why self publish?

You may be wondering why I've chosen to self publish my book. I know I am.

If I go with an established publishing company I would have the benefit of their distribution network, their art department, their editors, their experience and their money. Why wouldn't I send my book off to have them at least consider it before I fund and try piecemeal things together myself?

Well I could waffle on about having creative control or other such nonsense. But the truth is two-fold.

Firstly, I don't like rejection, and everything I've read on the net about publishing a book says there is a lot of it to share around. I'm more than happy for someone to read my work and tell me a chapter sucks or a character needs work. That's constructive. But a flat, soulless, reasonless rejection letter doesn't interest me. I know, I've got four from publishers already for some short stories of mine.

Secondly, I'm impatient, and all that rejection takes time. If I can only send my work to one publisher at a time (which is what they want) and it can take six months for them to reject it, I could be five years down the road with only a handful of publishers having their shot at ripping out my heart and stomping on it.

And to make up for all this lack of distribution channels and experience, I will receive higher royalties on the books I sell. If I sell for US$14.95 on Amazon I can expect US$5.08 a book. That's head, shoulders and armpits above the usual royalty an author can expect, which would be a piddly $.74c for the same priced book (according to calculations I've seen on the net). So straight away I only have to sell 1/6th the number of books (Without experience. Without a marketing department. Without sales staff). So things are really looking up.

No, I'll put my money where my mouth is and go it alone.

You see, I have a plan. Mainly it involves hoping like hell I sell enough books to strangers to cover costs, but there you go.

More on that soon.

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