Today was the most productive day of writing I’ve had in ages. Thanks for buoying me with your prayers!! (Catch up here.)
Now, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty details. First of all:
Why An E-book Instead of a “Real” Book?
1. The timeline. From the minute I submit a proposal to my agent to the time I see my book on the shelf, a MINIMUM of one year will have gone by. And most likely, much, much longer than that.
2. The style. I have a certain vibe I’m going for in this book. Very conversational, at times a little slang-y, and so on and such as. It’s important to me (for this particular book) that I be allowed to write it just like I want it.
3. The money. You might be a little flabbergasted to know that I can sell an e-book for $4.99 and make 2-5 times MORE money on it than I would on a paperback book that sells for $12.99. When you cut out all the middle men (and all the paper and ink), it makes a crazy difference.
4. The experiment. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m having a hard time getting a publisher to pick up my next book (not the Husband Book). One of my biggest obstacles is my previous sales history (two books went out of print). I’d love to sell lots o’ copies of the e-book and “prove” to a publisher that I’m worth taking a chance on.
5. The audience. This is a book for men (husbands) and it’s about s-e-x. I think the topic will encourage them to read it, but not necessarily encourage them to purchase it while other people are watching (other bookstore browsers, cashiers, their moms, etc.).
Case in point: I was chatting with a friend via e-mail last night about the e-book, and she shared these encouraging thoughts:
I think you are DEAD ON that guys will be so much more willing to pay the $4.99 for an ebook and then read it on their phones or iPads or Kindles or whatever. A few years ago I ran into a guy from church in the Christian bookstore, and I knew that he and his wife were having trouble. He looked so awkward and overwhelmed standing in the marriage section of the store, and I just felt for him like crazy. But oh my goodness – can you imagine if he’d been able to download something helpful AND only pay 5 bucks for it? I just think there is a HUGE audience for that.
Here’s What I Need From You Today:
1. Names (and blog/website addresses) for “big-name” influencers. This could be any blogger/person in ministry/whoever that might be interested in the book. I would send them a free copy and pretty much beg them to spread the word if they like it.
2. Names of ordinary people (like me and YOU) who would love to blog/write a facebook post about the book. Again, a free copy would be on the table in exchange for your review/promotion/blasting cyberspace with all kinds of chatter about the book.
3. People to pray. For the writing/strategizing/promoting. I’m hoping to have my final draft finished TWO WEEKS from today. Then have a handful of people look it over for a week. Then set the whole “E-book Blast-a-Thon Coordinated by Gabe Taviano” in motion by the beginning of July. Ambitious much? That’s why I need your prayers.
This is going to sound a bit outrageous, possibly even ludicrous. But I’m going to say it anyway. I’m asking God to fund the rest of our Cambodia Trip with the proceeds of this e-book. Gulp.
We have $6075 in our Cambodia Fund. We need roughly $12,500 to get to Cambodia in December. That’s $6425 we still need. You do the math (it’s too complicated for me at this late hour). After paypal fees and Amazon fees and Uncle Sam’s fees and whoever else’s fees (plus God’s tithe), I don’t know how much I’ll make per book. I’m thinking 3,000 copies might do the trick. Pray with me?
In the comments: give me names, say you’ll pray, promise to read it, ask pertinent questions, tell me I’m NUTSO. I’m ready. Bring it.