Hey Dayv, thanks for liking some of my pics! Was going through your work and see that you actually sell some of it. I'm wondering at what point did you think you had enough and/or good enough material to sell? Is it profitable? Would you do it again? Looking for any tips or advice you can give me, on the above or for my work in general. Thanks!
I didn’t think I had enough material to sell until I desperately needed a new camera. So I asked my followers if they’d be interested in buying a book of my photography and the response was pretty amazing. In fact, the entire process was pretty amazing. Long story short, people pre-ordered the book before it was even printed. Some people waited a couple of months until the book was published and then another month waiting for it to arrive by boat.
Was it profitable? I wouldn’t say it was a rags to riches story, but I did achieve my goal of getting a new camera, and I do think most of the people who picked up a book were happy with what they got. There was a problem with the binding on more than a few copies, but people were generally pretty accepting of that; though for my next book I will certainly make sure that the binding is rock solid.
The biggest problem I found was the mailing. My book in the envelope weighs about a kilo so shipping it isn’t cheap. While shipping was included in the price of the book, the additional $20 added to the cost of the book made it quite expensive. Strangely enough it’s actually cheaper to send the book from Sri Lanka than it is to send it from Korea. In Korea I had to send the book by ocean freight to save costs. In Sri Lanka, I can send the book by air mail for around the same price! Nevertheless, for my next book, I refuse to put something smaller out, so I will have to see if the post office will offer me a discount on a bulk shipment.
It’s all a learning experience, and you can’t learn until you try. If I hadn’t asked my followers if they’d be willing to buy a book of my photography, I never would have put a book out. I simply didn’t have enough confidence in my own work to do it alone. I have that confidence now, so I am excited at the prospect of putting a book out of my Colombo photography, and perhaps a hard copy of my ebook documenting Toronto’s jungle scene in the late 90’s. We’ll see.
At the end of the day, I do not recommend using those online sites like blurb or other online printing resources. I feel like they offer entirely generic products that cost way too much. Find a small printer willing to do a small run and support a local business.
Whatever you decide, good luck.
Well i’m off to the Maldives for a few days of doing nothing on the beach. Have a great weekend everyone.