sa09 heroines is underway. Like sa08, I’m kind of making it up as I go along; I have a loose outline, I know where it ends, but the nuts and bolts of who says what and how scenes blend is being done on the fly. This is going to be a weird ride, but I’m confident it’ll work in the end.
With both books for sale in print and Kindle format we’re on the way to building a respectable library here. Many of you have already ordered your copies, either in paper or bits, and I thank you for that. Loan them to friends, get the word out, see if we can branch beyond the web.
Someone suggested on my Facebook that I’d sell a lot more copies if I dropped the price of the Kindle version from $9.99 to $0.99. This kinda worries me and gives me nasty doubt. I’d make jack/squat off sales if I drop to the absolute floor of what Kindle allows, and just because some bestselling author sold 350,000 copies doesn’t mean my barely-heard-of series would sell enough to justify the drop. Plus, people who already paid 10 bucks (or 16 for the paper one) would skin me alive. Is all that worth it for a potential leap in sales? Ask any iPhone developer. It’s a risk. I’m not sure if it’s a risk I want to take. What do you think?
And, as always, your feedback on sa09 is welcome. Exploring Carrie Lane’s predicament is going to be a fascinating character study for me. Hopefully, for you as well.
EDIT: Based on comments below, I’m considering making The First Age a ‘catalog title’ with a discount. I’ll do the same thing for Forsaken Shores in several months. So, early adopters pay more, but get the advantage of being early adopters… they can enjoy the bonus stories ahead of more frugal readers. They also get the warm, fuzzy feeling of knowing they gave more money to their favorite author than others did.
Unless there are any objections, I’ll initiate the price changes soon. I’m thinking $12 book, and $5 Kindle/Donation. (Can’t drop the printed book much farther due to the pricing structure.)