Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Summer calls...

Greetings, Bearers!

Summer is on its way, and with it comes open doors for writing and promoting for me!  This will be a great opportunity to spread the word about Clade Josso, as well as finish editing Old Velt (over halfway there!), and dive into writing Kran!  Due to the haphazard nature of Summer, though, it'll be difficult for me to post more regularly, so my blog count will be a bit reduced in June, July, and August.  Take heart, though; I'll be back in September, with two more novels completed (I plan to have Kran edited a little faster; God willing, it will be).  Also, there will be a booksigning that I'll be a part of at the Great Lakes Crossing mall in Auburn Hills, Michigan, sometime in July.  I'll put the date up and send out bulletins for all to see!

So I hope that all of you will enjoy your summer as much as I plan to enjoy mine, and keep reading.  More will be on its way!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Friday, June 4, 2010

A brief comment on the upscaling of prices...

Greetings, Bearers!

For those of you who like to read Ebooks, there's a bit of news that you need to be made aware of.  The rumble on the Internet is that Amazon.com is changing the royalty option for authors.  In summary, it's this: if the Ebook authors will up their prices to $2.99, then Amazon will give them a better royalty per sale.

Now, I begrudge no fellow author who ups their price.  If you think about it, paying 2.99 for a novel is still a good deal, especially when the paperback version of that same novel runs between seven and nine dollars a pop.  Furthermore, unless you're one of those stubborn folk who prefer the feel of the paperback in your hand (like me), as opposed to using a Kindle, a Sony e-book reader, a Nook, or any other such device, you'll appreciate the savings you get, as the reduced costs of Ebooks over and above their physical counterparts adds up over time.  So for my author friends who go with the change in price, best to you.

But for myself, I will not do that.  Not right now, at least.  My goal in getting Clade Josso and the world of the Vein out there is not simply for profit.  Do I want to make money on this?  Absolutely.  But first I want to establish a base of interested readers, and that means putting accessibility to the first novel over and above making money at this point in time.  What that means is that I'd rather entice more people with the novel, even if that means not pulling in as much for royalties-and that's fine with me for now.

So, for now, Clade Josso remains at 99 cents.  Perhaps in the future, I will release three or four of the Ebooks in a package deal for $2.99, or do something else of that sort, but the drawing of an audience is my priority for now.  Again, a big thank you to those who continue to purchase and download the book!  Tell other people about it!

Until next time, see you in the Vein!

J. Dean