Wednesday, December 23, 2015
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Thursday, August 6, 2015
1) A last but through read through from beginning to end in a quiet room
2) Several long walks listening to a British woman's voice read my story back to me (Ivona text-to-speech program is best for this.) This completes my final polish.
3) Next I send the manuscript to my brother, Dave, for his nit-picky and very detailed review
4) The I send copies to a few select beta readers for overall impression.
5) Finally, the manuscript is emailed to the well-paid-but-worth-it editors for final proof reading.
Following this, I start the publishing process. I format two editions, one for paperback and one for the various eBook formats, and then upload it all to the various distributors, along with my brother Dave's final version of the book jacket and cover. This part used to be very difficult to get right, but I have a lot of experience now so this doesn't take me long. After the final proofs of all versions are checked out, I give them the "okay" to publish, then I let all of you know it's available.
Check back soon for that!
After several months of trying different prices for the eBook version of the first two books in my Novum series, ranging from 99 cents to $2.99, I have finally made a decision to go with a fixed prices of $1.99 for each of the five books (two available now and three more coming up).
Why $1.99 per book? Several reasons actually. At the lowest price Amazon allows, which is 99 cents, I only make 35 cents per book, and considering what I pay for a professional editor to proof each volume, that's just too little. Conversely, the upper end of 2.99 per book I feel is too much to charge for a 25-30 thousand word story, especially one that is part of a series. At this price, I would be asking a reader to shell out nearly $15 to complete the series, and I just can't do that.
That leaves the middle price of $1.99, which boosts my royalties a bit, but more importantly, my readers will end up spending just $9.95 for the complete set, which is the price of many single novels on Amazon. When all five books are released, I will also release a single "combined" book, which will sell for a bit less, maybe $7.99, since additional editing will not be required.
See my next post for details on what happens between writing and publishing a book - the dreaded EDITING phase...
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Friday, May 1, 2015
Monday, April 20, 2015
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Passed 9,000 words on the new version of "Novum: Rubicon" today. (It helps that we were snowed in today in the DC area.) Man I love this new "non-linear" storyline. I was nervous at first trying something so different from the rest of the series, but now I see this really fits this particular plotline much better. Plus I love writing it again, and that can only improve the final story. Still on track for a summer release!
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Friday, February 6, 2015
Note: Cover by Dave Rhea [ DaveRhea.net ]
Friday, January 23, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Why would I, or any author, do this? Some people call it a "loss leader" for a series, where you give the first book away, then hope it will lead to sales of the rest of the series. However, my reasons are even simpler. I want to save my readers money. That's right; I care about my readers.
So here is the deal. If I charge what Amazon thinks I should be charging, which is $2.99 per book (anything lower and the author is penalized %50 in royalties) then it will cost you $6 for the first two books. If I sold each book for a more reasonable $1.99, it would cost you about $4 for the first two books, which isn't bad, but due to the penalties mentioned above, I would earn only $1.40 in royalties. However, by making the first book free, and leaving the second book at $2.99, you will get two books for $3, and I make about $2 in royalties.
So in a nutshell, you save 25% on your 2-book purchase and I make 30% more in royalties. That's what I call a win-win scenario. The additional benefit for you, is by giving you the first book for free, in a real sense you get to "try it before you buy it." So now we are up to a win-win-win scenario, and I'd better stop there, before reality implodes. ;)
If you are interested in trying out a new dystopian science fiction series that has no zombies (sorry) then go to my website for the book links. www.JosephRhea.com
My thanks to the several thousand people who have already taken me up on this deal, and also the several hundred who have purchased the second book, Novum: Exile already. Maybe this is working as a loss-leader after all, which makes it a win-win-win-win...(stopping now!) ;)