I know, print is dead, but I keep wanting to make books. It’s a sickness, I realize. I’m dragging you guys down with me, though. I have questions for you about my next two ventures.
First, the next quarterly (-ish) book I’m assembling is GameSpite Year Two, which will bring the web compilations to an exciting conclusion. This book will mark the finale of the pre-GameSpite Quarterly omnibus books trilogy (whose story kicked off in Year One, Vols. 1 & 2) and as such I feel like it would make most sense to publish Year Two in the same format (5×8″) as its predecessors. I do love the bigger (6×9″) size, though, because the expanded page size allows me to make the layouts look nicer while cramming more content into fewer pages and thus keeping print costs down. But which do you prefer? Should I maintain a consistent format, or should I do what’s best for this book individually and go with the bigger size? I’m putting it up to a vote. You decide.
Also, I started planning out the next bonus book only to discover that Blurb’s price increases have the most impact on small-format books; thanks to their new pricing scheme, the bonus books are nearly twice as expensive to produce as the previous volume was. So now I’m at a crossroads, because that added cost kind of undermines the purpose of the entire site support scheme. I definitely can’t afford to maintain a semi-annual scheme for the current books. This begs the question: Do I find some sort of new semi-annual bonus to mail out, or do I reduce the frequency with which the books are mailed? (Although I still haven’t mailed out all of the last volume, more than three months after having them printed; sorry!) I could, for instance, go once per year instead of twice and print a full-color large-format book…. your call.
Anyway, I need your feedback. At least from those of you who care, anyway.