As some people noticed last week, my book is already for sale on Amazon, due to some screw-up or misunderstanding on our part. This stealth release actually worked out really well: One nasty error and a couple of trivial ones had crept in during our final round of formatting, and these early readers caught them before it went out to the masses. (Or went into printing!)
So, since the door is open, I might as well start spreading the news: The Witch Watch (digital edition) is now available for sale. The print edition will go live this Friday, March 2nd. For a full list of all the ways you can buy this thing, check my author page.
And before you ask…
Q. So how much is this thing gonna set me back?
The introductory price is five bucks. (USA $) I plan to move the price up after a week or so. Then the price will slowly go down. I’m going this to see how price impacts sales. The online publishing biz is so open that anyone can publish. Which means there’s a lot of dross. It’s possible that if I set the price too low I’ll be signaling to buyers that the work isn’t very good. This pricing stuff is tricky business, and it’s pretty far out of my area of expertise. So I need to experiment a bit and see what works.
The point is, I’m going to sell it for $5 for a week before I start mucking around with it.
Q. I see you have the book for sale in several different places. What version makes you the most money?
The difference between stores is very small. One gives me 75% of the list price, another gives me 80%. Which works out to twenty-five cents. (These percentages are very good, historically. When you go into a bookstore, the author usually doesn’t make more than 15%, and can sometimes make a good bit less than that.)
So, please get whatever version is most convenient for you. If it doesn’t matter, then I suppose buying from Amazon is best because the “people who liked this have also purchased” system can sell my books to people who have never heard of me or my humble website. Currently it’s lumping me in with Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. And I’m okay with that. *Puts on sunglasses.*
Q. How can I get an autographed copy?
If you’re heading for PAX East, then you can just get a regular copy and hunt me down when we get to the show. I’ll be happy to sign whatever stuff you think would be better with my name on it.
If you’re not going to PAX East, then I’ll get back to you. Let me get this print version out before we start working on manually distributing signed copies.
Q. I’ve read the book already and I want to talk about it! When can we have spoiler-y discussions?
I’m going to put up a post later this week for that exact purpose.
Q. How is the book selling so far?
Considering that almost nobody knew it was for sale? Pretty good, I guess. The real test will come this Friday when the print version goes live and I start promoting it.
So far the feedback is very encouraging. Whether it sells or not, I think I’ve written a good book. I’m proud of it, and I’m happy I wrote it.
Q. How can I help you promote the book?
Post a review where you bought it! Tell your friends! I guess that second one was kind of obvious! I’m not actually all that marketing-savvy, except I know you’re supposed to use a lot of exclamation marks!
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