Monday, February 17, 2014

Poll Results and an Update!

Poll results are in for the question: What do you spend on your e-books?

88% = A mix of Free to 3.99
12% = Free
0% = Free or .99 cents
0% = Traditionally published books only. (They cost more, but are worth it) 

After I posted this poll, one of my writer friends told me the MIX would win. He was right. It makes sense that if you really want a book, a slight variation in price isn't going to make a difference.

The funny thing is, when I first got my Kindle about four years ago, my first thought was.."It's going to cost a lot of money loading this up." Followed by...searching for free books. I downloaded any free classic science fiction I could find that I hadn't read. Then I discovered how out-of-date the writing style was and pretty much I didn't read most of it. However, this was before discovering the wide variety of books available on Kindle and Smashwords.  

My new poll is about the sub-genres of science fiction. What is your favorite? If you could only pick one. My goal is to determine what sub-genre in SF is most likely selling the best. That is if enough people bother with my poll. I already have an idea of what is most popular, but I'm not saying anything yet. 


I have been bouncing back and forth between projects. Usually I don't do that, but I've been struggling. It's as if working drains the creativity and I've been fighting to get it back. This has lead to the idea of expanding TransShifter. I wasn't satisfied with my first attempt and almost gave up. But then I switched view points, and it's picked up again. I don't want to say anything too soon because I have been very inconsistent, but it might work this time. Since I'm going to be using different points of views, I decided to convert it to third person. 

I've also been trying to decide a few things. Should I post as a series or an entire novel? Here are the options I'm considering...

1. Four 20K parts.
2. Two 40K parts 
3. An entire novel. 80 to 100K

Then I have to decide if I will upload an entirely new version separate from the original files...or just update the original files on Kindle and Smashwords. 

And...the part that makes this whole thing difficult is that the reviews I have on it are for the first version. 

All suggestions appreciated. Of course, I have to finish it first. 


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I don't remember if I voted in the poll or not, but I'd go as high as ten bucks for an eBook. Beyond that though, forget it.
Ask Andrew Leon and Hart Johnson about publishing a book as a serial. Hart did mention last week it's best to have it all done and get the parts out as quickly as possible.

Karen Jones Gowen said...

If people want a book I agree that price won't matter that much, and if they don't, then even free is too much to pay.

Rusty Carl said...

I don't remember voting in a poll. Sorry if I missed it.

And I'd be reluctant to break up your novel if the story doesn't have a normal stopping point. I personally don't like serialized fiction very much as a rule, so I might not be the right person to ask, but I'd worry that I spent all this time making sure my story is a single tale, with a clear beginning, middle, and end, then breaking it up into parts will screw that all up.

If you did break it up into 4 parts, you know at some point, someone will end up with part 2, and sit down to read it. If you wrote the story in such a way that it still makes sense, and it can feel like a beginning, then I'd think that was fine. But then it's more like several separate stories with a larger goal to be achieved.... and not a single novel.

Anyway, that's just my gut reaction. Do what you think is best. Andrew Leon released Shadow Spinner as a serial, thirty something parts, then he compiled them into four collections, but you can also buy the single novel as a hard copy too. You might ask him his thoughts.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

If the book warrants interest, I'll pay most prices that are within the norm. With regard to serials...I'm not a fan. However, I do know some people are. But I won't pay for a serialized novel.

Cindy said...

Thanks for your thoughts on my TrnasShifter dilemma. You gave me something to think about. At least I have time.