So, a little over a year ago I tried an experiment. I was already selling retail-only bonus stories through published books. But would people also enjoy having a subscription-based way to read those stories online, as an alternative? Some might prefer books, some might prefer services, I could provide for both!
The issue is that the VIP Club is a competing format against the books, rather than augmenting them. It complicates the situation considerably. You have to do price comparisons, figure which suits your life better, etc. In the end I did not get much uptake on the VIP Club, not enough to justify the amount of money it’d cost to support it moving forward onto the new website tech.
In the end, I’ve chosen to discontinue the VIP Club. The bonus stories will still be available in books, much as they were in the anachronauts project. Each one has stories relevant to that book’s timeline, so it groups up nicely.
Also, for current members of the VIP Club and any who joined during the Kickstarter — I will honor my obligation to you. I’ll be emailing copies of the stories so you can keep one forever on your own computer, and will also email any remaining bonus stories as they are written. I’m not taking new subscribers, but those who already joined will get full value.
Now, let’s drop some 100% good news on you.
Amazon is introducing a new initiative — buy a paper book, get a discount on the ebook version. I figure… why double dip at all? So, once the feature goes live, you’ll get a FREE ebook copy of any book I offer that you buy in paper form. Read whichever version suits you!
This initiative (adorably called “Matchstick” because KINDLE GET IT) isn’t live yet, but once it is, I’ll be posting further details. In the end… I want to keep things simple, but still give you the content in a way that works for you.