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I used to be indecisive…

…Now I’m not so sure.

I know, it’s an old joke, but it’s about the right standard for my sense of humour.

So, if dithering were an Olympic event, I’d win gold every time.

You may be aware I’ve just published my first (and last) book for the year, and I’ve been trying to work out what to do for the best regarding where I sell it. Since January, all my other books have been exclusive to Amazon.

While sales and page reads haven’t been amazing (I’m not well-known, and my relationship with marketing/promo is a whole other issue), what I have seen with the latter is what I assume to be someone discovering the first book in the Club Aegis series, then going on to binge-read the rest of the series. It’s either that, or multiple readers have timed reading the series in order with awe-inspiring precision.

Page reads are how authors in Kindle Unlimited (KU) are paid, and the funds come from subscribers, who can access books at no additional cost as part of their Amazon Prime subscription. It may be that that’s the only way they can afford to read, and the thing is, there may be readers out there who’ve read the series so far, but who won’t be able to access Winter’s Fire because it’s not part of KU, and to my mind, that’s not fair.

So, I’ve made the decision to delist Winter’s Fire from Apple, so that on Christmas Day, when the enrolment of my other books in KU ends, I can re-enrol all five books in the series simultaneously. Until then, the price of Winter’s Fire will remain at 99c/99p, but it will be going up to $3.99/£2.99 when it goes into KU, in line with the other books of similar length in the series.

So, I apologise to any readers who haven’t been able to purchase the book through Apple. For now, though, if you install the Kindle app on your iPad/iPhone, you can still read my books, and if you also happen to be an Amazon Prime subscriber, you can read them at no further cost.

At present, being exclusive to Amazon appears to be the best option for where I am in my writing career, but if all goes well, that may well change in the future. Thank you for understanding.

Thinking out loud…

Or in the public view should, I guess, be a more accurate way of describing this post.

Back in November, I wrote a post about the decision I was trying to make about going wide with my next book, or making it exclusive to Amazon. My conclusion at that point was that I was going to go wide with Winter’s Fire (Club Aegis #5).

Winter’s Fire goes live on Tuesday 19 December 2017, and it will be on two sites only – Amazon and Apple. You can pre-order it there for 99c / 99p until release day. I guess I’ve fallen somewhere between Amazon exclusive and wide.

Time’s gone by, and I’ve read posts and articles here and there, written by authors far more successful than me, and once again, I’m on the fence. Another consideration I have is that I’m getting the series book covers updated – Winter’s Fire is the first to have the new format. That being the case, it’s almost like a complete new start for the series, and adding that into the mix has got me considering the question of distribution again.

I need to get my author name and brand out there. If people can access the books of an author who’s new to them for free via the Kindle Unlimited (KU) programme, that surely has to be a good option.

So, while my new book will be available on Apple on release day, it won’t be there for long. My current books are in KU until Christmas Day, when I’ll renew them for another 90 days. At that point, depending on how sales through Apple have gone, I’ll make the decision about removing it from Apple and putting it in KU. At the moment, I’m leaning towards doing that.

Winter’s Fire (Club Aegis #5) – now available for pre-order

FINALLY – I’m happy to announce that Winter’s Fire, the fifth book in the Club Aegis series, is now available for pre-order.

At present, it’s on Amazon and Apple iBooks, and during the pre-order period, until the publication date of 19 December 2017, you can get it for 99c/99p.

Unlike the other books in the series, Winter’s Fire isn’t initially available on Kindle Unlimited. However, I will be reviewing the situation with regard to sales through the Apple website, so this may change in due course.  The publishing world has been going through a lot of changes in recent years, and as an independent publisher, I have to look at all the options for optimising sales, because it’s those sales that’ll pay for the cover art for the next book, and pay for it to be edited.

Thank you for understanding, and for your support, and watch this space for further updates.

Amazon only or wide – that is the question…

My blog posts are like buses – you wait ages for one, then a bunch come along at once, although I’m not certain two constitutes a bunch. Then again, who knows what tomorrow might bring?

This post concerns the vexing question in its title.  At least, it’s a vexing question for indie authors like me, who have control of all aspects of the writing and publication processes. I started off wide – that means I listed my books on all the websites I felt comfortable with: Amazon, Kobo, others via a service provided by Draft2Digital (D2D), mainly so I could list on iBooks. For those of you who aren’t aware, you need Apple kit to list on iBooks, unless you use D2D or other similar services.

However, the vast majority of my sales were on Amazon, so I found myself facing a decision over a year ago – do I stay wide, or limit the availability of my books to Amazon? The question arises, because if you restrict your availability to Amazon, your books are then available in the Kindle Unlimited (KU) program, where subscribers can read your books for “free”, as part of their subscription fee. For a relative unknown like me, it represents an opportunity to present your books to new readers in a way that is financially risk-free for them.

The author/publisher is paid per page read; however, this is not at a standard rate, because it fluctuates from month to month, according to how much Amazon decides to put in the KU fund, and the number of pages read in total. It’s also a whole can of worms in its own right, and one I’m not going into now.

I put all my books in KU in January 2017. They go in for 90 days at a time, and you can renew indefinitely. The current 90 days for my books ends on Christmas Day. I am now in the process of deciding whether or not to continue beyond 25 December 2017, because in early December, after too long a gap, I’m hoping to make available the next book in my Club Aegis series.

Do I put it in KU, or do I go wide with it? That’s what I’m trying to decide at the moment, because I know I have some readers who use iBooks, who will only be able to access the new book if they use the Kindle app, and I completely understand that they may not wish to clutter up their devices with yet another app.

As I write this, I’m erring on the side of going wide. At the back of my mind is the saying about putting all of your eggs in one basket. At the same time, though, that basket offers an avenue not available if you spread your eggs among a number of baskets.

I probably will go wide. If you have access to KU and you would like to check out my books, you have until Christmas Day to download them. If you have them in your account at that point, as far as I’m aware, you’ll still be able to read them, even though they’ll no longer be available for download through KU.

Like many indie authors, I’m trying different strategies to get my books out there, and although I’m coming out of KU in December, it doesn’t mean I won’t go back in future. As in much of life, it all depends on what happens next.

However you access my books, I hope you continue to enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them, and a huge thank you for taking a chance on an unknown author.

Club Aegis Update

Things are moving in the Club Aegis universe! Winter’s Fire (#5) is now with my editor. I’m hoping to have it up for order in early December, but that’s dependent on her schedule.

In the meantime, I’m using #NaNoWriMo as a springboard to get No Going Back (#6) started. #NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, and the challenge is to write the first draft of a 50,000 word novel in a month. I have no idea how long No Going Back will be, even though I’ve done some plotting of the story, but even if it’s longer than 50,000 words, if I can hit that target, it’ll be a good start.  So far, it’s going pretty well.

So, what’s it about? Good question, I’m glad you asked. No Going Back picks up soon after the end of Passion’s Last Promise (#4), which was Ros and Simon’s story, and in this one, we have a more mature main male character in Sir Guy Somerton, Ros’ uncle and former guardian. There’s a lot more to this man than has so far met the eye, as we found out at the end of Passion’s Last Promise

Winter’s Fire (Club Aegis #5) – latest news

At long last I can bring you a meaningful update on Winter’s Fire.

The book is currently with my beta readers, three lovely ladies who’ve agreed to take a look at the manuscript before it goes to my editor. I don’t have a specific release date yet, as I’m now dependent on receiving their feedback and making any necessary changes, and then the book goes to my editor.

If all goes smoothly, I hope to have the book available in December, but that depends on multiple factors, not all of which I can control.

Watch this space!

Winter’s Fire (Club Aegis #5) – an update

Just thought I’d give you a little update on Logan and Lucy’s story.

Things are finally moving. This is a tough one, and for the last few months, it’s been like trying to push a stationary boulder. At long last, I feel as if I’ve got some traction, and the boulder’s finally moving. Still a way from completing the first draft, and when I do, I have a feeling there’ll be a lot of darlings to kill before it goes for editing, but at last there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

I am so ready to get this book out there. I have a few more books in this series to write, and other projects I’d like to work on. This has taken up too much time already, and I offer you my heartfelt apology for making you wait so long for the next book in the Club Aegis series.