V.C. Lancaster

Ruth’s Bonded: Print Copy


Ruth’s Bonded is now available as a paperback, with a snazzy new cover! Look!


I edited the text, to hopefully get rid of all the typos (though realistically I don’t think I could ever get every single one) and to make RB cannon-compliant with the rest of the series. When I wrote it, there was a lot I didn’t have figured out, and I didn’t know it was going to be a series. I’m happy to have this revised version out there. All the plot points are the same though, nothing’s changed as far as the story is concerned, so you won’t be left out if you don’t buy it.

Let me tell you, the process of formatting a book for print was a nightmare. It’s taken me at least six hours, spread over three days. All because of the image quality of the cover, placing it exactly to the right milimeter, and that’s not even the text itself! I have since learned about trim size, gutter margins, section breaks on Word, bleeds, DPI…. and page numbers! Page numbers alone took me about three hours to get right. And Amazon won’t let you publish with anything they consider an error.

I’ve set the price to $6.99, £5.99, and E6.99. I don’t want to charge more than that, and I wanted to charge less, but I earn 60% of the royalties on a print copy instead of 70% like on ebooks, and the print costs are almost half the price. The print costs are a little over $3, and around £2.55 I think, and that’s incorporated into the price of the book. If I charged $5.99/£4.99, then I would have received less than a dollar per copy sold, and 25p from GB sales! So I put it up a little so that I now get a few pence/cents over a pound/dollar per copy.

I don’t expect to sell hundreds of print copies, but I only intended the print copies to be a nice little extra, not my main source of income. I’m excited to get my copy! Another reason I didn’t want to charge a lot, since I’m going to have to buy one out of my own pocket 😛

What do people think about me updating the text and cover of the ebook version as well? I think the text and cover of the print version are better, but people might have sentimental attachment to the e-versions. In a couple of months, it will be two years since Ruth’s Bonded came out. It might be time for an upgrade. I’m pretty sure you won’t have to pay for the new version if you’ve already bought the old version, and I think it won’t update automatically if you want to hang onto it, you can just not download the changes. Let me know how you feel.