It’s been a crazy
week summer. I am nearly to the point of ordering proofs and finalizing ebook formatting for The A-Zs of Worldbuilding, though!
Want to see the cover real quick?
Pretty snazzy, huh?
Now that you’ve ooh-d and ahh-d over it, here’s what I really need to talk to you about:
The workbook itself. Well, the print version. Ebook stuff is all figured out. 🙂
Currently, I have (revised! updated! expanded!) chapter contents (adapted from The A-Zs of Worldbuilding posts I did back in 2014), and guided exercises to go WITH each chapter.
After some feedback a while ago, I decided to play with putting the corresponding exercises immediately following the appropriate chapter (A is for Architecture has Architecture Exercises right behind it), and an additional full set of exercises in the back of the book.
Here’s the hitch: The exercises alone are somewhere around 170 pages.
If there is, essentially, 2 sets of exercises in the book, we’re looking at well over 400 pages. This honker is estimated to weigh 2 whole pounds. That’s a lot of book.
It’s also going to significantly affect the price you all pay (which I’ve been trying to keep under $20, but that just won’t be possible with 400+ pages).
I’d planned all along, whether there is an extra set of exercises or not, to include a link to download the exercises so you can print off additional copies yourself.
If I had the spare money for another ISBN right now, I’d totally just do 2 versions – one with an extra set of exercises, and one without. Maybe that can happen early next year!
So, if you wouldn’t mind answering this little poll, I would appreciate it! Thanks!
Update: To avoid confusion, I’d like to clarify that the additional set of exercises is a DUPLICATE of the exercises following each chapter. Not MORE exercises.
What format would you prefer for The A-Zs of Worldbuilding?
- I'd prefer an extra exercise set in the book, but the cost might be too much for me. (50%, 2 Votes)
- No extra exercise set necessary - the download link will suffice! (25%, 1 Votes)
- Just release an exercise-only workbook in a few months, and leave this one with just one set. (25%, 1 Votes)
- I'd really like the spare set of exercises in the book, regardless of cost. (0%, 0 Votes)
- Do the cheaper book now, and release another edition later with the extra set! (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 4
Also, since I haven’t ordered proofs yet, anyone who still wishes to sign up for a review ARC may do so here.
(Note: signing up is not a guarantee of one, only getting your name in consideration. I have some financial constraints right now, unfortunately. Thanks!)
Thorny NettlesAugust 20, 2017 - 9:29 pm ·
Either way you do this, I think this is going to be really groundbreaking for a lot of writers to get access to!
Rebekah LoperAugust 20, 2017 - 9:35 pm ·
Thanks, I hope so!
nissa_loves_catsAugust 21, 2017 - 10:15 am ·
My thought: I once bought a book with the exercises on a download link. I felt cheated. Since if it’s a Kindle book I have to go to the library to get wifi. And I hate having to make an extra trip to the library.
Rebekah LoperAugust 21, 2017 - 10:27 am ·
The exercises will be there in both the ebook and print forms, they’ll just be formatted as worksheets in the print book. Obviously, that format won’t work as well for an ebook version, so I think it’s just going to be the exercises as a list of questions for that.