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The Pay-What-You-Want experiment is on

Thank you so much for all the thoughtful feedback on the pay-what-you-want issue. Your responses encouraged me to give it a whirl. If you're curious about how it works, you can find the new pricing on the Turbulence series at JCP Books



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Aug. 3rd, 2012 08:05 am (UTC)
Glad you're giving this a try. I'll check it out.

One last comment on crowdfunding - a LOT of the money we have raised on Kickstarter has come from referrals (someone we know with another successful Kickstarter project asking THEIR support base to help us out). It's an interesting "I'll vouch for them" type of phenomena. Big pledges come in from people who have never even read a sample of what we've written. I love that this is more of an affirmation of creative approval in general vs. direct product selling.
Aug. 4th, 2012 12:54 pm (UTC)
We'll see how it goes. I think most everyone who wanted the current episode already grabbed it, so we'll see if anyone kicks in when the next one comes out. A few people have opted to pay for the promo items so far, though.
Aug. 9th, 2012 12:36 am (UTC)
I went through Amazon since I buy most of my books for my Kindle, although lately I read them on the laptop instead. Consequently, the first two Turbulence stories were free, and I paid for the third.

You HOOKED me. Seriously, I was all "The Bermuda Triangle? Not so much." And then I read the first one and you just reeled me right in. You're good.

I love these characters--Kaye, Dallas, Paul: they're all wonderful. Looking forward to the next installment! Can't wait to see where you go with this.
Aug. 9th, 2012 07:16 am (UTC)
I'm the opposite, I get shivers of delight from the words "Bermuda Triangle," though of course it would make sense that I write about things that trip my own triggers. Glad to hear I could lure you in!
Aug. 9th, 2012 12:39 pm (UTC)
I'm generally much more of a science fiction or mystery fan (although both can include horror and the supernatural). I'm not into supernatural stuff generally. But your books consistently prove to be the exception to the rule. I think a big part of it is the speculative fiction aspect of your writing, and the never-fail way your characters rock.

So...how can I pay you for the first two Turbulence books? Go to JCP and re-buy them there? PayPal you?
Aug. 9th, 2012 01:56 pm (UTC)
That's interesting, I try to articulate what I personally like and I think it all depends on the author. I like work that feels fresh and non-derivative. And the speculative element is the great big key for me.

Just enjoy the free books, it will all shake out in the end.

I could really use positive reviews, so if you were inclined to write a line or two, that would completely rock my world! And/or if you had any friends who might enjoy it, recommend the series to them. Reviews and recommendations are more valuable to me than most people think, because I'm a little indie without a publishing house behind me. So it's all grass-roots and reader supported.

My thought with the free books is that people who might like my work but never tried it would get a really good look at how I write and it would resonate with them, it would be that thing they've been looking for. Then they can start checking out my big backlist. And for people who find it opaque or frustrating or whatever, that's great too, we're not a match and they can then read elsewhere.
Aug. 9th, 2012 02:12 pm (UTC)
Sure--I'm always delighted to spread the word about your books. I was introduced to the PsyCop series (which I love) by klangley56 and have since been extolling virtues of that series, Zero Hour (which friend partners_r_more and I hope might become more than a standalone), The Starving Years, and Mnevermind to all of my friends.

You know, I don't always mind derivative when it is fresh, if that makes sense. Or even if it's well done, yet been done a million times before, as long as its a trope I love. But your work? Definitely fits both categories: fresh and non-derivative. I think your writing and your themes are in a unique category, in the very best way, but I can see how that makes it harder for booksellers to pigeonhole (and therefore promote) you. Going indie gives you so much more creative freedom, I imagine.

I'll remember to spread the word each time I read a new book of yours. :-)

I think the free books are a great gateway to your books (drug addiction pun intended. *g*).
Aug. 9th, 2012 03:05 pm (UTC)
All righty, then, did a quick review for you at my lj: http://thistlethorn.livejournal.com/438085.html. My journal is friends locked, but I friended you, so you should have access to it. :-) Have also recced you on Twitter. Okay, so i only have 3 followers thus far (brand new to Twitter), but each of them has followers, so i hope the word spreads. It's hard to convey sincerity in 140 characters and not just sound like the 12 million other plugs out there.

Edited at 2012-08-09 07:16 pm (UTC)
Aug. 9th, 2012 03:23 pm (UTC)
Wowsa, that's a gorgeous review. Thank you so much!

(I think you'd like Channeling Morpheus because it's all about character. To call it a "vampire series" is really almost a misnomer. It's more of a fucked-up murder road trip. But hey, it gives you some backlist to look forward to.)
Aug. 9th, 2012 03:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, yay! Whew--I'm glad you liked the review.* I will edit it to add your comments re: Channeling Morpheus--writer input is good! I expect that the next time I'm bookless, I'm going to be heading for the Channeling Morpheus books. :-)

*I'm one of those terrible people who wishes I could spend more time on reviews, but...I'd rather be reading the next book. Or writing fan fiction. Or drawing. When I was in grade school, I never had bunches of gold stars on the Book Report Chart because I couldn't be bothered--I always had my nose in the next book. I'm ashamed to say that's how I am with writing book reviews, too.
Aug. 9th, 2012 03:56 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to ask readers to give reviews more often, even though I worry I'm imposing...I figure they must not know how important it is (being unable to read my mind for some strange reason) unless I ask!
Aug. 9th, 2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
As a writer of speculative fiction, I think you can be forgiven for thinking we can read your mind. LOL That's your job, isn't it?

And being asked to write a review by a writer whose work I love-- no-brainer: YES. No imposition whatsoever.
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