I sent another reprint submission to AnthologyBuilder
today. Someone a little while ago (tchernabyelo
, I think) said they weren't sure it was worth it as with the ability to put reprints up on the Kindle etc it seems like there's too much competition. I'm not sure that's true as AnthologyBuilder caters to a different section of the market (those who prefer print books) to places like Amazon and Smashwords. I think the issue may be one of exposure - I don't get the feeling that AnthologyBuilder is very widely known, for all that the goal of having a pick-and-mix archive of stories is great.
Not only that, but I like the fact I can send them a standard manuscript and then I'm done. I've thought about looking at reprints as e-books, but decided not to go that way simply because it seems to be a massive time sink. There's preparing the books for all the different formats, designing a cover, checking each different type for formatting errors, getting it up on all the different sites, marketing, monitoring take-up and tweaking where necessary..... That seems to be massively labour and time intensive. All the hours I spend on that are hours I don't spend writing - and I've got precious little time for that at the moment.
So it's something I might look at at a later date (if I lose my job, for example, and suddenly find myself with a lot of time on my hands), but for now I'm happy to let others blaze that trail.
What about the rest of you? Have you tried self-publishing reprints as e-books? If so was it a success, or did it turn out ot be a lot of work for nothing? For those of you who haven't tried it, why not - is it too time consuming, too technical, or do you love paper too much to go over to the dark side?