It has been a while since I checked in with you all for advice. The reality is, whether you know it or not, I work for you. I am one employee with thousands of managers/bosses/supervisors. I am hard at work (as many of you may know) on DEAD: Snapshot–Las Vegas, Nevada. And if you are curious, I will be going from that straight into DEAD: Suffer the Children (Book 3 of the New DEAD series). I have pondered something, but I need to know what you think.
So here is the dilemma. I hear from you, the faithful readers, on a pretty regular basis about how you want/need a new book sooner than what I can realistically produce. I usually take that moment to recommend some of my favorites for you to read while you wait. (Claire RIley and Eli Constant are two of my favorites.) So now I will pull back the curtain a bit on my process. WHen it comes to ANY book in my DEAD series, they are always 18 chapters, and they come in at a minimum of 100,000 words (usually closer to 104,000). My first 15 chapters have a 6,000 word minimum. That is my formula to ensure I offer up a fairly decent read for the buck. I keep my prices at $4.99 since that seems fair and within the norm for the market.
So here is where I need your input. What if I cut the length in half. So…9 chapters at around 54,000 words (about the length of my That Ghoul Ava books). The price would change to $2.99. Here is the upside. Books come out sooner, but they will be shorter. The price would be set at $2.99, so a cheaper initial price. But in the long run, you get hit for about a dollar more.
Should I try this? Would you want me to experiment with the upcoming DEAD: Snapshot–Las Vegas, Nevada just to get a feel for how it would play out? You would get a taste of how soon the releases will be, and what to expect as the time between offerings.
If you have ever commented, or NEVER done so, now is the time. I am going to see what the majority votes on. Does that mean this would be etched in stone? Nope. ANd yes, there will always be some people who will not be happy. That is the nature of the beast. But in this line of work, you try to go with the majority and hope for the best.
So…what will it be? I am counting on your votes here.
One more note…