After toiling through edits and writing book two at a maddening pace, it’s time to stop, take a breather, and enjoy one of the more fun parts of book promotion.
Just ten more days! Yipee!
I hope you enjoy it!
A few weeks ago, my son just HAD to have a particular book on release day. I cringed when I saw the $14 price tag.
Initially I told him he had to wait until it went on sale. But eventually I caved. The kid’s not asking for a video game, after all. It’s a book. Still… $14 for memory space?
As an author, I totally appreciate the time and effort in creating a book, and yes, I did pay the price. But I can’t help but feel a little scammed when there are so many great books out there without a “Best-Selling Author” tag that are $4.99 or less.
Today, I ran across the same problem with a book that I was really interested in. I came across a blurb for it on an agent’s website when it initially sold. Today, it came up recommended on Goodreads. I was all ready to buy it. It sounds great.
And the hardcover is $13.59. Does anyone else see a problem with this? Why spend $9.99 on an ebook when you can spend a few dollars more and get something you can hold?
I’m wondering… if Amazon hadn’t driven prices down so low on ebooks if I would have even blinked about spending $10 on a book that I wanted. If all books were around this cost, I wouldn’t have a choice, right?
How many people out there are like me, and want the book, but decided to pass and get two other books for 4.99 instead?
Where, as an author, I’d like to see average book prices be higher, I have to worry and wonder about houses that charge so much more than other books on the market. I suppose if they are throwing big marketing dollars at the book, that people will be influenced to buy no matter the price.
But what about the people like me who stumbled across the book by accident and just want to read the story? Are they risking turning them away?
This is one of the quandaries that keeps me in limbo about whether or not to submit to certain houses. I don’t want people to say, “Why is your book so expensive? All these other books a five bucks.”
I’m wondering what you think. If you are an author, try putting your author hat aside. Think as a reader, or a consumer/buyer of ebooks.
What do you think is the right price for an ebook?
And maybe another question: Should ebooks be premium priced for the first several months, and then the price drop once the paperback comes out? Or would fewer books even get to paperback if less people are buying?
What are your thoughts?
Up until two years ago, I felt accomplished if I finished ONE book in a year. I’ve found that reading GOOD books has improved my writing in leaps and bounds. If you are not reading, Why not?
These are the books I read last year, in order of how good I thought they were. Now remember, I can be easily swayed by an explosion, so some of these got pushed down the list simply because they were not as exciting as another book. A few of them are down there because, well…. someone has to be at the bottom, right?
You also might see me saying that I don’t like a certain kind of novel. So why did I read it? As an author, I try to “round” myself out. If I only read explosions I won’t be opening myself up to different pacing and different types of tension. I look at every book I read as a learning experience. If I forget that I’m reading, and think “Ergh! I’ll have to read it again to study how they did (insert really great thing here)” Then those books ended up in the top 5. Okay… maybe the top six. :-)
If you’d like to know my opinions on a book that I did not review feel free to drop me a line.
#1: Obsidian, A Lux Novel by Jennifer L. Armentrout – I got close to the end of the year before I found a book good enough to take over the number one position from “Slipping a Toe In”. Obsidian is a great Sci-Fi love story. I was on edge from page one. Very well done. (Search this site for my full review)
#2: Dipping a Toe In by Linda Carroll-Bradd – A snoozer of a Sweet Romance that wowed me with the writing style. (Reviewed)
#3: Sweet Blood of Mine by John Corwin – YA paranormal from a boy’s perspective. Great YA first person voice. Just Loved it! Bring on book 2 (Reviewed)
#4: Crossing Hathaway by Jocelyn Adams – Awesome Hot Romance. Great Fluidity of Writing. Big fan of Jocelyn Adams. (Reviewed)
#5: Caught Up In Us by Lauren Blakely – Picked this up while researching “Best Selling” Contemporary Romance. It did not disappoint. Great characters you could relate to.
#6: Shadows, A Lux novella by Jennifer L. Armentrout – I’m trying to decide if I would have rated this higher if I did not read book 2 first. I think this is better as a book two than a book one. I liked knowing what was going to happen. It made the whole experience more “tense”. Stupendous voice.
#7: Eye of the Soul – By Terri Rochenski – Great World building. A classic-style fantasy tale.
#8: Romance Novel Book Club by Kastil Eavenshade – as naughty as this book was, it was just too darn much fun. Very readable and hard to put down. A romance writer poking fun at the romance genre – brilliant (Reviewed)
#9: Stone Chameleon – Jocelyn Adams New, interesting world from one of my favorite authors. I hemmed and hawed over this one. I ended up ranking it down because there is a heavy vampire theme, and apparently I’m not crazy about vampires. This book really grew on me as I read, but it took me a while to engage because of the bloodsuckers.
#10: A Touch of Greek by Tina Folsom – Despite its faults, I really liked this. Consider it a “Guilty Pleasure” (Reviewed)
This Wicked Magic by Michele Hauf – The little Engine that could – Slow start, but great roller-coaster-ride ending. (Reviewed)
Whirlwind – Romantic/Erotic Short – Excellent writing, but it was really just a sexual fantasy with not much story involved. I like a little more meat to chew on (ah-hem… sorry) The writing as good though.
Talbot’s Seduction – Kastil Eavenshade Great historical setting. I love this author’s ability to bring me back in time. I just wish I liked her main character in this series more.
Alone No More by Terri Rochenski– Great Historical Writing. Really felt like I was there. The middle of the story was a touch slow for my tastes
Resonance – JA Belfield – Great Premise. This is a “linker” novella that does not stand alone. I loved the scenes in the “other world”. Very Imaginative
Purely Relative by Claire Gillian– While this had a great ending, the beginning was a bit slow for me. The writing was awesome, though.
Sorcerer’s Apprentice – Purchased to research the publisher. My review earlier in 2013 says it all.
18 Things by Jamie Ayres – I hate putting a novel this good below some things that were not written as well, but I really did not enjoy this book. That is a reflection of a bad match of book to reader – not a reflection of the book, because it was awesome and thought-provoking. (Reviewed)
Capturing the Marshall’s Heart – Didn’t hold my attention, despite being by one of my favorite authors. Great Western setting though – which may have been part of the problem. Western is not my cup of tea.
#20 and #21:
I decided not to post the titles to #20 and #21 in respect to the authors, because they were awful. Just awful. (Oh, not the authors… their books)
Some books, like #3 “Sweet Blood of Mine” do wonders for the self-publishing industry. Others, like #20 and #21, are the kind of books that give self-publishing a bad name.
Please, please, please don’t self-publish your book without professional opinions. It makes you look bad. It makes your reader mad, and it brings down the writing profession in general.
This is one of those books that I have heard tons of rumblings about. I resisted the urge to pick it up because I already had a ton of purchased books waiting to be read… but when those continuously fell flat, I reached for something with great “word of mouth” advertising.
First of all, I was stunned that this book was about aliens. I find it terribly amusing that I didn’t even know, since I just finished up my own alien novel. Luckily for me, the stories are nothing alike. (Whew!)
For the first time I can remember, I finished a book and scrambled for the next one. (Actually Obsidian is book two, so I grabbed book one – and I’m glad I read them in this order. I think book one packed more punch after reading book two.) Not only that, I noticed book four was on sale, so I grabbed that while the price was down, and got book three soon after finishing book one.
Now, mind you, this is very unlike me. I have tons of books that I want to read in other series. And I already OWN them. I should be reading those first… But Obsidian grabbed me to an extent that I simply HAD TO HAVE MORE.
As an author, I think I may go back and re-read Obsidian in “research mode” to see if I can figure out exactly what that “it” was that made me go nutty. Maybe some day… after I finish all the rest of them.
The only thing I can really fault this novel for is the constant reference to the alien hottie’s eyes, and his long fluttering sooty lashes. But that’s not much to be annoyed with in a novel. And there were enough explosions even to make ME happy. If you look this up, You’ll see that book one is one of those “free teaser” novellas. I’d highly recommend reading Obsidian first, though. I’m glad I read them in this order, because “knowing” made book one ten times more powerful than if it had stood on its own.
Has anyone else read this book? Did you go nutty and want more, or am I just alien crazed?
I think a lot of us do. I don’t draw. Well, I do, but I could have refined my talent and maybe found a way to do something with it. For a long time, I gave up writing. I just didn’t have time.
One of the things I’m discussing with Vanessa Chapman today is living up to your potential. It’s part of my blog tour for THE FIRST DAY OF THE NEW TOMORROW.
Vanessa’s interviews are always great fun. I hope you’ll stop over and say hello!
20: Torture your protagonist. It’s not enough for him to be stuck up a tree. You must throw rocks at him while he figures out how to get down.
I just love this one. Honestly, I fought this for a while in one of my novels. I just loved that poor little MC so much. My beta partner screamed at me to torture him, but I couldn’t.
Of course, now I have grown. If he has to get across the street, he will have to weave in and out of umpteen explosions as the alien bear down on him, only to get to the other side to be caught in a tractor beam, and while he is immobilized, his girlfriend gets beaten up by an alien…. Okay, that’s not a real plotline of one of my books (yet-Tee hee) but you get the picture.
Easy is boring. Never make it easy. This goes back into adding conflict. Each time you sit down think: “How am I going to torture him/her today?”
And then don’t be all nice and wuss out. LET HIM/HER HAVE IT! They will forgive you after they get their happy ending.
This is a new one for me. Muse It Up Publishing is offering my new young adult book “The First Day of the New Tomorrow” for 20% off if you pre-order it from their website HERE.
I don’t even have a cover yet, so it’s kind of weird, but that doesn’t tone down the coolness of it all.
So if you’d like to
see me explode something be one of the first people to get a copy of my new book, and get it for 20% off while you’re at it, hop on over to Muse It Up.
Back Cover Copy
Maya dreams of perfect skin, beautiful hair, good grades, and Eric Brighton—the boy she’s been crushing on since middle school. No matter how hard she tries, all these things elude her, but when a creepy college recruiter arrives with news that Maya has omnipotent powers, things change quickly.
Having everything she wants is a lot harder than Maya expects, though. Will she give it all up for the chance to be normal again, even if it means losing Eric?
The official Release will be September 27th. :-)