1) Should I go with Picnic Adventures! as my publisher/business name, or reserve that specifically for the product line? I've another business name in mind that will allow me more flexibility to market items outside my main target audience, but the brand strength of PA I think would be stronger.
My recommendation: leave yourself some room for growth/change of focus. Specific branding should be for product lines rather than the whole business.
2) Those of you that publish on OneBookshelf sites, do you find the company good/easy to work with? Do you also sell elsewhere, or is it not worth the trouble?
Back when I had the time to focus full-time on papercraft, the 30-35% cut that OBS takes off the top was highway robbery. After going part-time and then finally down to just a paying hobby that I get a few hours a week to deal with, the services that OBS offers is worth its weight in gold. In addition to that, the gradual shift towards an harmonized internet sales tax and the extra bookkeeping/technical fuss that entails makes ditching direct sales in favor of collecting royalties from third party marketplaces an even more appealing prospect in the future.
3) What web presence do you find is the minimum, the optimum, and the maximum for you to best keep in contact with your customer? A branded email address, blog, forum, website, facebook, twitter, tumblr...?
Depends. If you're handling sales yourself off your own website, you need at least an email address for customer support and inquiries. A blog or something that can be updated regularly is nice to have, plus gives customers a point to interact with you on your website. A forum...kind of a double edged sword, if there's enough post traffic and you have the time/resources to stay on top of moderation and spam control, a forum allows you to build a community around your products. The flip side of that is it's yet another forum to keep track of and another account to register. Facebook and Twitter are handy if you have customers who prefer those channels, but mileage varies.
4) Can you recommend a good, low-cost, easy-ish to maintain, scalable with business growth hosting service? My old one's expiration is imminent, so this is one question that's actually urgent
Not sure if this comes too late, but I've had a pleasant experience with Kualo for over a decade now. They host all of my sites and their plans are pretty affordable.
Post by glennwilliams on Nov 9, 2013 16:08:28 GMT -9
Chris is right. That 30% chunk OBS takes seems a lot, but I regard it as marketing costs. I am willing to pay to not have to maintain a store, a selling point system, and track purchases. Plus, there are internal marketing tools such as emails to customers after a new release.
I think 30% is reasonable considering the fact that I have zero marketing budget. I've always had good luck dealing with OBS. I am considering expanding into the game book and comic book market and if I put things up on Apple or Kindle they would take the same.
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