I updated a couple of pages here, mostly so that my contact address is easier to find. It’s on both “About” and “November 1 to November 1. Also updated NaNo and publication news to reflect the last year more accurately. There’s more cleaning up and furniture moving to be done on both blogs, but I’m a lazy cuss, so it will be a while before it’s all done.
One the money front, my lack of self-promotion (no Facebook or Google+ and very little Twitter) has led to an extreme drop off of sales for Hidden Boundaries and Crossing Boundaries. Two sales in October, two sales, so far this month. So what have I done? Where most authors would, desperate to dredge up a few more sales, lower their prices to the bargain basement, please take pity price of .99, I just raised my prices.
I’ve thought about doing that, off and on over the last few weeks, but a guest post on Joe Konrath’s blog finally galvanized me into action. For some very insightful opinions on perceived value, try this: Guest Post by Elle Lothlorien.
I’ve read similar discussions before this one, but wanted to see how sales went over a few months before making any drastic changes. The prices are still low enough, at 3.99 for the novel and 2.99 for the novella-length sequel, that purchasing them isn’t much of a risk. But they’re now high enough to shift them out of the territory where it appears that the poor benighted author knows very well that they aren’t worth any more. I also increased the Smashwords sample to 30%, up from 25%. Fair is fair. If I want readers to pay more, they’re entitled to a generous sample to help them judge value.
Meanwhile, life and editing go on.