So, this is a thing.
Seasons of Truth, the first installment of my soon to be epic masterpiece, The Hunters Chronicle, is now complete. But in reality, it’s been “ready” for almost two months. Various reasons that have everything to do with me kept the book in draft status, while Roberto Calas‘s excellent cover gathered dust, and the editorial efforts of Bridget McKenna went to waste.
It’s been a busy couple of months. But given that the amount of time it actually took me to get it ready was far less than a day, any explanation I give other than “I didn’t want to work on it” would be a lie. Because I didn’t. I was done. Finished. My shotgun approach to marketing the book just wasn’t getting me the results I wanted, which more or less took the wind out of my sails. I’d written the best book I could, and even though it wasn’t 100% released, in my mind I’d done everything I could to get it there.
Well, screw that loser talk. Seasons of Truth is a fantastic book (all four of them, in fact), and you should all be reading it. Yeah, that’s right, I’m asking–no, telling you that you’re on the verge of greatness here, if only you knew how lucky you were.
So here’s the deal. I’ve tried out a number of price points, on a number of sites, with various levels of non-success. And given that the largest number of sales has come from one venue, I’m hitching my wagon to the amazon.com star.
I’ve spent the last week scouring the internet of competing purchase links, in preparation for going exclusive with amazon.com for the digital release of Seasons of Truth. It’s not a decision I made lightly, nor is it the final one I’ll make regarding this book. But for now, it’s the one that makes the most sense, and it’s going to mean a few things for both/all of us.
For one, the price is going up. Soon. I’ve published Fall at an introductory price of 99 cents, which means that for the next few weeks you can buy the entirety of Seasons of Truth for just 4bux. It’s an insane price at which to offer a full-length novel, and one that is definitely not going to last.
I say a few weeks, defining a period of more than one but not more than five. By the end of 2014 that price will rise to 10bux, with Winter remaining at 99 cents and the subsequent seasons increasing to $2.99. I’m telling you this, because the amount of time I’m willing to lose money on this book is directly related to how much you give me for it. If the sales warrant it, I’ll extend the low-low prices until the end of the year. But if this post falls on deaf ears and empty shopping carts, I’ll move forward with the price increase sooner rather than later.
Why the sudden cash grab? To be honest, it’s not about the money. It’s about visibility, and at this price point, and this volume of sales, Seasons of Truth is just not getting the eyeballs it needs to succeed. But by going exclusive with Amazon, I can include it in the overall marketing for my other books, and hopefully generate enough interest for a print edition. $2.99 seems to be the right price point for releases of this size (20-30K words), and the overall purchase price is in step with other novels of this length (105K words).
And yes, you read my subtle hints correctly. I’m considering a physical release of Seasons of Truth next year, which will have additional content and features I just can’t include in an e-book. But I can’t do it without your help, so do us all a favor and