The two translations that I have commissioned are coming along nicely. The Eusebius volume is pretty close to done.
So… how to turn these collections of Word documents into books? And how to sell the things when I have done so?
Off to Amazon, where I find that there is a small industry of people writing books on… how to self-publish your vanity novel. Hum. That is NOT the bracket I want to be in. There’s quite a few on “how to sell on Amazon”.
Trouble is, buy a few and it costs quite a lot of money. But my local library charges more than 5 GBP per interlibrary loan — around $8 — which means it’s actually not much more to just buy the things. (I do hate greedy local authorities). So I’ve bitten the bullet and bought four, and we’ll see what good they are.
I’ve also contacted a small UK publisher, Password Publishing, who offer to copyedit, do the book design, and typeset. They want about 20 GBP an hour for various activities, which doesn’t seem too bad. Whether they are any good I know not, but will let you know.
So… I don’t know how to sell this stuff. I do know that I need a quality product. I do know that just turning a Word document into a PDF will NOT produce something professional; it produces something hard on the eye and almost unreadable. And … I also need a business plan for this, to check that I’m not just burning money.