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jeangill
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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2012 12:31AM
The follow-up from my short story win is on Suzy's website and there's a Christmas promo - 'Song at Dawn' free in any ebook format if you visit http://sooozsaysstuff.blogspot.co.uk/ get the coupon number and use it at the smashwords.com checkout up until December 25th.


I'd give you the coupon no but the idea is to encourage traffic to Suzie's website. Feel free to pass on the details to anyone and everyone - as Al says, Christmas book - and for free.


The aim is like FIOTW , to get the book out to a wide variety of readers who, if they like it, might tell their friends/write reviews and want to read the sequale, which will definitely be out early 2013. 


Those of you here who've bought 'Song at Dawn', sitemail me when 'Bladesong' comes out and I'll send you that free as an ebook so you don't miss out on the offer. If you hated 'Song' I'll send you something else!


And thanks for all the support for my books!

(Edited on 2012-12-05 00:34:18 by jeangill)
jeangill
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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2012 12:32AM
P.S. That's Gary's author photo of me, this time. I prefer with dogs
brittak
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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2012 12:47AM
Jen tried, but unsucessfully: "Due to copyright restrictions, the Kindle title you're trying to purchase is not available in your country: Thailand." Will get a copy once I am back in Sweden (and really don't mind paying for it). Hope this brings you lots of new readers!
jeangill
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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2012 2:01AM

Thanks, Britta - sorry about that and it's worth knowing. Copyright restrictions on ebooks are just plain weird!


I'm thinking hard about the publication of the new novel next year, in a publishing world that's changing faster than stock photography, with some of the same issues. I don't want to go exclusive with amazon and help them crush any competition in the market, but the power of amazon marketing is very very tempting. They benefit customers (like me) by screwing publishers and authors (like me). When amazon sells a print copy of 'Song at Dawn' for $18.99 I get 39cents - and that's as a self-published author! Split that money with a conventional publisher and you can see how crazy it is! And yet, they offer marketing to publishers and authors that is beyond any other company's capacity, never mind an individual's. Tough choices ahead.


 
JKristoffersson
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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2012 2:28AM

We miss you in Stockholm Britta. I suppose you don't miss us as much The airport is closed so you couldn't come home anyways...


snowweb
brittak
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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2012 4:37AM

Must say I am happy to be here, don't really miss the snow. Hope it clar up, my sister is going to Norway for Christmas so it would be a problem is she can't fly.


Jean, 39 cents sound rediculous, I can see that you are doubtful about beeing exclusive!

(Edited on 2012-12-05 04:39:59 by brittak)
jeangill
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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2012 7:50AM

The sad thing for me is watching writer friends learn the hard way what I already know, and then become disenchanted. They get their books published, by small but reputable publishers; they are so excited and they put their hearts into bookshop and library launches, involving every friend and family member they have in all their events. They find out that they can buy their own books cheaper on amazon than with their wonderful discount from the publisher; they find out they make a loss doing bookshop events or even getting their books onto a bookshop shelf; even their friends and family are reluctant to pay the price of a hardback book (but the publishers are still printing hardback first) - and that's for the first book they've published! Imagine, when you've published fifteen books ... your friends start avoiding you


These are good writers with good books, too (of different kinds so it depends what readers like) If you stick to ebooks and online marketing you lose less money but put in time, time and more time - so you don't have time to write. And, exactly like in stock photography, there are millions of writers desperate for readers at any price, never mind hoping to make money out of writing. There is MASSIVE competition to give away books and, as I've just found, an amazon stranglehold on the huge sites advertising free books.


My problem is that the more I feel controlled by amazon, the more I rebel and will try to stay out of exclusive, even if financially, short term, amazon is my best chance of finding lots of new readers (and making lots of money - but that's incidental to me, even though I'm sure I'd find uses for it)


I'm sure you've glazed over but you can understand why I'm phlegmatic about the ups and downs of stock. BIG PANTS. I've made reasonable dollars this week but from big money on a few files, including one Agency.
dcdp
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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2012 12:43PM
Jean, how much does an author get from an ebook sale at Amazon? I have bought over a hundred ebooks at Amazon over the past couple of years for between 0.99 and about 5.99 (which is about the upper limit I pay unless I'm really, really keen). Some have been really good and some have been average quality but still enjoyable. There have been a few I started but couldn't finish. I couldn't imagine buying a hard cover or paperback book any more unless it's a children's book or a cookbook, both of which we still buy lots of.
jeangill
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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2012 12:59PM
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/You can opt for 70% or 35% of retail price BUT if you choose 70% (as you would) amazon has all kinds of rights re price (can discount like mad and thereby change the retail price), also takes tax out your % (and amazon tax paying dodging is currently provoking strikes in the UK) so I usually get about 2$ from an ebook sale.


I've agonised over prices - I've been published by conventional publishers so i don't want to seem 'desperate self-published' along with some of the truly bad books out there BUT the whole point is to reach lots of people etc etc etc. Just like microstock. Also, if I change my price on one site, I'm tied in to 'you must not have a more expensive price at XXXX' I've settled at 2.99$ and I've decided to up the ante for Book 1 of the series (hence the free give-away till Christmas) to get readers coming back for Book 2.


I've had a few lovely mails today from readers, excited about reading my book, inviting me to do blog interviews etc so I'm very happy. The penny has finally dropped that I shouldn't be looking for people to read my books, I should be looking for readers who like that sort of book. My problem has always been writing such different books and I know I have to focus on one genre - currently my medieval historical novels - and find the right readers. It's working. 


I think I married the only person in the world capable of reading everything I've written smile Or maybe  just loving enough to do it.


ETA Even if you opt for 70% like I have, you only get 35% in Canada, India... there are totally random, inexplicable, international laws on ebooks!

(Edited on 2012-12-05 13:34:59 by jeangill)
dcdp
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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2012 3:21PM
^ Unfortunately for you Jean, I'm not much of a medieval history nut! I read a lot more science fiction, though I'm struggling through George RR Martin's latest Game of Thrones book (A Dance with Dragons) - I say strugglling because it feel like the man has written himself into a corner in much the same way as Robert Jordan did with Wheel of Time (before he died). Martin is also so wordy, he does paint a detailed picture of every scene but sometimes it is just exhausting. If this was the first book in the series I wouldn't bother but there is so much history that I want to finish it. I didn't buy it when it first came out because it was $18 or something for the ebook. It was $11.48 when I bought it and that felt like spending a lot for an eBook
TheCrimsonMonkey
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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2012 4:49PM

Dave, have you read Wool by Hugh Howey?  It's amazing.  If you like science fiction, you must read it.  Get the Wool Omnibus, you won't regret it.


Wool
TheCrimsonMonkey
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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2012 4:50PM
Posted By JKristoffersson:

We miss you in Stockholm Britta. I suppose you don't miss us as much smile The airport is closed so you couldn't come home anyways...


snowweb

Oh my goodness, I'm shivering just looking at that.  Snowman time!
brittak
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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2012 5:03PM
Interesting to get a little background Jean.  Now I know why I never wrote a book (well there are a few more reasons). Have to admit I buy most of my books second hand. I still like the oldfascioned ones because I like reading in bed and sitting outside in the sun when it is tiresome to read on a screen. I read a lot, but not much quality, like detective stories and thrillers and as I don't mind if they are a few years old Salvation Army and similar second hand stores are good, quite often the books are new, probably left overs and I get 10-15 books for the price of one.  Here we have a small library where everyone leaves the books they have finished so there is quite a good choise to keep me going.
jonathansloane
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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2012 5:35PM

Same here, Britta. Plus I have a group of friends who all read and we pass books around. Some good, some really awful, but then pass them on.


I'll read pretty much anything.. will try Wool next time I run out.


 
dcdp
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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2012 8:23PM
Posted By TheCrimsonMonkey:
Dave, have you read Wool by Hugh Howey?  It's amazing.  If you like science fiction, you must read it.  Get the Wool Omnibus, you won't regret it.

Wool

For some reason it Amazon wont let me buy the Wool Omnibus on Kindle. I can get the first volume but that is all. Very odd.
JKristoffersson
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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2012 8:37PM
Posted By JKristoffersson:

We miss you in Stockholm Britta. I suppose you don't miss us as much smile The airport is closed so you couldn't come home anyways...


snowweb

My flight for London departs in about three hours. Maybe. Nobody knows at this moment. The winds and snow seems to have passed but as almost all flights where cancelled yesterday there could still be problems. Well, better pop out to the airport and hope for the best...
Beano5
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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2012 10:23PM
Good luck!
brittak
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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2012 10:45PM
Hope you make it to London and have a nice time there.
jeangill
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Posted Thu Dec 6, 2012 12:07AM

Goid luck, Jonny!


I like the look of 'Wool'. I read all kinds of books. My son got me 'The City and the City' for my birthday and it's brilliant - it's a detective set in a fictional city, which is divided in two, non-geographically, so that the citizens of Beszel have to pretend they can't see the citizens of Ul Quoma and vice versa. I was completely lost in the story and the murder crosses the borders from one city to the other, so the detective has to switch the way he sees the city. A great mix of murder mystery/spy story with oodles of paranoia - Hudson, you'll love it http://www.amazon.com/City-Random-House-Readers-Circle/dp/034549752X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354777309&sr=1-1&keywords=the+city+and+the+city


I forgive you, Dave! 
TadejZupancic
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Posted Thu Dec 6, 2012 4:07AM
My inspection queue is empty for the first time since September. Those inspectors are too fast - I can't upload 3 times/day.
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