Pay Me, Bug!

Pay Me, Bug! Now available as Trade Paperback

Submitted by C B Wright on

It is finally here. Pay Me, Bug! is now avalable as a trade paperback.

Creating an eBook is about ten thousand times easier than creating a paperback, even if you're using a service like CreateSpace (which makes it a lot easier than it has any right to be). I started this project in late November, spent a month and a half trying to figure out how to fix grievous formatting errors, then after getting my proof had to go through and fix things again. But I finished, and here it is:

Pay Me, Bug! is getting a new cover

Submitted by C B Wright on

I've been trying to create a trade paperback of Pay Me, Bug! for almost a year. My first attempt was with Lulu. The samples were good, but when I tried to use their option to sell to distributors (like Amazon) the price of printing the paperback mysteriously shot up to the point where I would have had to sell each copy for twenty freaking dollars in order to break even. Now don't get me wrong, I think Pay Me, Bug! is a fine story... but it's not twenty dollars worth of story in paperback form.

So next I went to CreateSpace. Their prices are a lot lower (a lot) but they told me the cover I was using wouldn't work. That made sense--the cover was intended to be used on an eBook, which is considerably smaller. Unfortunately CreateSpace complained that the letters were too close to the edge of the page, and would be in danger of being cut off when the book was being created. So, as cool as I thought the cover was, I was going to need something new.

Enter Garth Graham.

Garth's work has already appeared on this site. He designed the main graphic for Curveball and I've been getting a lot of mileage out of it. I asked him if he was free for more work, and after a complicated process that involved me giving him money he gave me a new cover for Pay Me, Bug!. I just got the final art today. And I'm going to show it to you in this very post.

Slashing prices for science (SCIENCE!): The Update

Submitted by C B Wright on

At the beginning of last month I announced I was lowering the cost of the Pay Me, Bug! eBook to $0.99. I would keep the eBook at 99 cents for the entire month, then tell you how it worked out.

Well, I lowered the price for March. I reset the price to $3.50 on April 2 (though I see Amazon is still selling it at a discount for the moment). And now I'm here to tell you how it worked out for me.

The result? I can't say that it made any difference whatsoever. March had significantly fewer sales than any other month so far.