Monday, September 24, 2012

pricing adjustments for Indies


on Dean Wesley Smith's blog (it's mostly about his books but with valuable advice for Indie authors), I found another argument for higher prices for eBooks. The times where readers thought 2.99 too high for a digital file finally seem to be of the past. Of course, in his article, he gives many reasons that I don't want to repeat. But they seem logical. That said, in Germany, the eBook revolution is not as far as it is in the US, so I'll kep the prices slightly below what he suggests. From late October on, my prices will be as follows:

— Novels                                                                                          English   German
Front list, meaning brand new. Over 50,000 words.                              $7.99        5,95 €
Shorter front list novels, meaning 30,000 to 50,000 words.                   $6.99        4,95 €
Backlist novels, meaning already published by a traditional publisher.  $6.99        4,95 €
— Short Books
Short books, meaning stories from 8,000 words to 30,000 words.         $3.99        2,99 €
— Short Stories
Short stories … 4,000 to 8,000 words.                                                   $2.99         1,99 €
Short stories under 4,000 double with another bonus story…                $2.99         1,99 €
— Collections
2 stories (no bonus)                                                                                 $1.99        0,99 €
5 stories                                                                                                  $4.99        2,99 €
10 stories                                                                                                $7.99        5,95 €

I believe these prices are fair, considering all the work I put into creating quality eBooks (also with slightly higher prices, I can afford to get another proof-reader to look at Amadi, since a reviewer pointed out some mistakes my first proof-reader obviously missed. Nasty surprise for me). I will keep "Urchin King" and "Amadi, the Phoenix, the Sphinx, and the Djinn" at their current prices until Halloween. Then, they will go up. So, if you haven't already, get yourslef a copy. And if you like the story, please leave a review. They are essential for Indie authors like me.

How do you price your novels? Do readers value the value they get? Do you get feedback and/or reviews? Tell me.

Monday, September 17, 2012

spreading yourself thin


I was wondering if anyone of you is experiencing the same problems I had lately. With my kids on holiday, I barely managed to keep up my wordcount, but I'm still on track (thankfully). Everything else fell to pieces. I hardly posted to my blog or my website (new posts in German and English are up now), I haven't tweeted for months (except for my wordcount). My proof-reading didn't get done and my promotions? Oh, I was supposed to do those as well?

The funny thing is, I'm not sorry about all this. I enjoyed the time with my kids and husband. We went horseback riding one week, decorated a bedroom for a friend of mine, and went canoing on a small but rapid river near us. it was all fun. Plus, we had six week of sunshine with hardly a drop of rain. There weren't many places beside the swimming pool where I wanted to be. The kids will be grown so fast, I didn't regret a single moment.

The only drawback is that it feels I have to start from scratch promotion-wise. Any advice?

BTW, thanks for being here and listening (I mean reading).

Monday, September 3, 2012

GUTGAA - Meet and Greet


Deana BarnhartGUTGAA (gearing up to get an agent) is a blog-event where authors can pitch to agents and small publishers. It's also a great way to get to know more authors in my field (which is why I'm participating). I've been asked to answer the following question. I hope you'll like the answers.

Where do you write?
I've got a tiny room (1.6m x 2,0m) with a desk, two hang-up shelves, and 5 bookcases (not for books, they are in my attic because you can't fit 2000 books in a room that size and still have enough room to write).

Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?
Chaos (no, not the Greek God, but pure creative chaos -- the kind I need when writing. Once a project is over, I clear up and start a new chaos aka project)

Favorite time to write?
Mornings, when the kids are in school

Drink of choice while writing?
Tap water.

When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?
 Silence. It's hard to concentrate on new words when there are too many noises. That'S why I'm glad the kids are going to school in the mornings, not the afternoons. ;-)

What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?
I supported a kickstarter campaign for an editor turned small publisher (Stacy Whitman) who wanted to further speculative stories with multi-cultural background. Just before she reached her goal, I was assaulted by a story idea about a young woman in a Stone-Age-like African fantasy setting. Things went crazy from there (as always, see comment above about chaos). I already wrote half the story, but need to finish it during NaNoWriMo this year and polish it after x-mas.

What's your most valuable writing tip?
BIC = But In Chair (sit down and write, quit whining about wanting to write. You'll never learn/improve if you don't write, no matter how many courses you take or how many "How To" books you read)

I hope you liked the answers,