I’m alive and kicking, I just have RSV, and I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.
In good news, I should no longer be shedding virus. (I’ve been sick for faaarrr longer than eight days at this stage.) In bad news, it looks like I’m a long hauler. Hooray!
RSV is NOT COVID, but RSV is also no joke. RSV is NOT limited to children, but in adults, it is commonly mistaken to be a common cold, which is why it tends to hit kids hard and adults remain clueless.
This year’s RSV, after being quiet to quarantine periods, is having its way with adults and kiddos alike.
As such, while I’m over the worst of the illness and am recovering, I will not be doing any work stuff until January 3rd. At very most, I’ll post chapters if needed to Patreon, but that’s it.
I have no brain, only mucus.
(Let’s just rephrase it this way… if I’m too sick to play World of Warcraft, I’m too sick to deal with work. As a general rule, I’ve been too sick to play World of Warcraft.)
If an adult friend tells you they have RSV… check on them. It’s just as rough a ride as COVID… (We interrupt this broadcast for a coughing fit… and what the HELL did I just hack out? uuuggh.)
If you need me until January 3, 2023… the answer is probably “no.”
But since I’m here anyway, I’ll answer this week’s random questions.
1: No, I don’t know when that book you want me to write will be out… unless it is Vampire of Montana, Doggone Mess, or Dead Weight. Vampire of Montana and Doggone Mess release on May 16. Dead Weight releases in July. Dead Weight is going to be epic. If you like the Mag Rom Com series when the focus is on the cops, you will love this series.
So, if you enjoyed the following titles, you’ll love Dead Weight: The Flame Game, Cheetahs Never Win, Hypnos, 101 Ways to Die. Maybe others? Probably definitely others. But those are the ones that definitely translate very well into “you will like that book.” Dead Weight is under my G.P. Robbins pen name.
Yes, the G.P. stands for something, and I will have a form near release for people to submit guesses.
Yes, Dead Weight costs $7.99. Dead Weight is currently over 80k words long and I feel I’m at the halfway point. As such, it far exceeds my 80-120k word count grouping for 6.99 novels. (And yes, shorter books are cheaper to produce than longer books, so longer books are priced higher. You can tell the length of my books roughly by their sales price for them.)
2: Price points for stuff, because people ask.
In 2023, as I do editing passes again on older stuff I will be adjusting prices. (I take a bath with my phone or kindle and mark typos to be corrected, over several weeks at a time, when I want to read an old book. The typos irritate me, so I flag them as I find them, and then I correct them after I read. I read slowly, so it takes timmmeee.)
(But being totally serious, 200-300 hours per novel to write is a solid average, and I no longer work seven days a week at fifteen hours a day… so yeah. That’s life.)
I haven’t done the price adjustments on older material yet, but this is generally what you can expect moving forward.
$2.99 is novella length works, between 20,000 to 35,000 words. I don’t tend to release anything shorter than that as a solo release; you will find the shorter works in anthologies.
$3.99 is 35,001 through 45-50k, roughly. (Variances here, because it depends on how much of a dick the book was for me to write, tbh.)
$4.99 is the 45k-60k crowd.
$5.99 will be for the 60k-80k crowd, once again with some variances depending on how much of a dick the book was to be written. 75k books might end up in the $6.99 crowd if he had a great deal of research required to write, extra editorial, etc.
$6.99 is the 80-120k books.
$7.99 is if I expect the book to exceed 120k.
$9.99 is for anthologies/collections, which generally have more words than I care to think about. hahah….
The per novel patreon is meant for novels, so the $5.99/$6.99/$7.99 price points. Everything else is excluded for obvious reasons. (The short story patreon gets the shorter works, and the $4.99 works are almost *always* done under contract nowadays, and doesn’t show up at ANY patreon.)
3: As I am definitely uninterested in getting snot all over the kickstarter books, the books are currently in a room I do not go into at all, to keep me safely away from contributing germs to the general packages. The general mid January timeline to ship the next wave is intact.
4: No, I haven’t written the kickstarter specific short story yet. I have short story paralysis right now.
5: The Requiem for the Rift King rewrite is not going well, as in I have to completely rethink/redo my kingdom maps. Mistakes were made.
Those mistakes will be corrected, although it means some hefty adjustments to various timelines.
6: I’m tired, so I’m going away now.
Have a happy holidays, folks.