Welcome to 2014!

Damn! 2013 went by in a hurry. I barely blinked and the end of the year was here, now it’s the start of the new year and I’m afraid to blink again. Who knows how fast this year will go. Wish I had a time machine or possibly an anti-aging serum, something that could slow down the march of time. I have so much I want to do and never seem to get done.

Anyhoo! It’s time for my limited list of announcements

End Christmas Sale

As of January 1st all my books are back to full prices. I want to thank everyone who bought my books during my Christmas sale. You guys are awesome!

Sadly, it’s come to a end and if you missed it, I’m sorry. I can’t tell you when the next one will be. I don’t plan sales. I don’t do giveaways or contests. They are too time-consuming and I don’t have the time with everything that is going on in my life.

When the next one comes around I’ll announce it here or you can signup for the mailing list in the sidebar to the right or at the bottom of the page.

New eBook Pricing

Because I’m a romance reader and I know how voracious readers can be, I decided to change my pricing guide. While I can and have sold my ebooks at $4.99 and $5.99, I find that I have a hard time paying that price for an ebook myself. Also, fewer people are willing to pay that price for a ebook by an author that isn’t acclaimed like Stephen King, Nora Roberts, or James Patterson.

So a lower prices work for me. And like I’ve said in the past, while I like making money at what I love, it’s not the only reason I write.

Short stories will remain at the $.99 price point, although there will come a time when I’ll be phasing them out completely. Novels will be at the $2.99 to $3.99 price point. Now this is only for my romance novels. When Footprints comes out, the pricing might be different because it isn’t a romance, although there is a romance in the story.

Normalization of my Schedule, sort of

Yep, my schedule has returned to something more normal. Hubby is on the morning shift and I’m a morning writer. So I have the entire morning alone with my computer to write. The rest of business and cover design is done in the afternoon when my creative mind can rest a bit. Hopefully, I’ll be able to jump right into the schedule without the weekly need to shift gears that usually happens.

I won’t be around much in January, though if you send me an email or comment I will get back to you. It would be nice to get some writing done and January is going to be busy with finishing Death’s Lover, starting The Rancher’s Wife, and editing Footprints (although I might put it off until February).  These are all books I really need to work on before the summer months when very little will get done.

Change in my Publishing Schedule

Usually I try for a spring and/or winter release. While the Spring release does fair, the winter one does poorly. So I’ve decided to switch my release dates for more of the Spring and Summer time. This seems to be the times when readers buy more books. Possibly because the kids are home from school and reading material is required to keep us sane. :X

7 thoughts on “Welcome to 2014!

  1. 2013 was a blur. I’m ready for my plans. I got my binder with my schedules and plans for 2014. As of next week (when the kids return to school and I can get back on my routine), I am ready to use it.

    I don’t know how valid this is, but I heard that the reason winter sales suck is because everyone is trying to get a book out for Christmas, so it makes it harder to gain traction in the algorithms at Amazon and other sites. It’s an interesting theory and would certainly explain why every year, I see a dip in sales around the winter time. Sales have been better in January. But yeah, overall spring and summer seem to work out better, too.

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    • I hear you with the getting back to your routine. Can’t wait until I can do the same. 😀

      I can see where the Christmas season would be hard on sales which is why I thought I’d experiment with releasing books during different months. Another theory I heard about low sales is that with the influx of indie books and lower priced traditional books that the market is flooded. Wonder what that would bring in the long run?

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      • My kids are off school today due to the cold weather so I don’t pick up on any writing until tomorrow. I give up on trying to get any real work done when they’re home. It’s just too hectic. I’m going to use these days to clean up my inbox and do mundane tasks that don’t require creative thought.

        I think any chances of me succeeding at $3.99 is out of the question. An author friend who was doing very well at $4.99 has now decided she’ll do no higher than $3.99. I hear that international sales will boom, but when Amazon gives you 35% instead of 70% for not being in Select, it’s going to affect income potential even if you do sell more books over there. India’s a big market, but even though I’m selling there, I don’t really see a big boom from it. But it doesn’t pay to be in Select either since it limits your income potential in other sites. It’s kind of a lose-lose situation. I’m not a total gloom and doomer. i think more income is possible, but I think it’s going to take a lot more work to make it happen, which is why my goal for this year is 8 books instead of 6. I think the library is going to become my new best friend this year.

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