So here is something I need to know: Do you prefer shorter, less expensive books? Or lengthier, pricier books?
I ask because I’m pricing out the Anatomy of Castlevania volume, and adding Castlevania III to the mix effectively doubles the length of the book, adding an extra $10 to the price. Now, bear in mind I can’t publish the larger format in black and white, so there’s no super-inexpensive sub-$15 option, period. (And unfortunately, no other self-publishing vendor offers as good a mix of pricing and book options as Blurb — I spent an afternoon running comparisons across half a dozen other shops earlier this week, and despite its frustrations Blurb still came out ahead for our needs.) If I break Castlevania I & II into a single book and push III into its own standalone volume, the cost for each book would be $30 as opposed to a larger single volume at $40.
Of course, the single book is ultimately more economical (one volume costing $40 vs. two adding up to $60 total), but since the individual books would be spaced a few months apart the individual transactions would feel more reasonable. I would love to hear some feedback on this. Thanks!