The title says it all. I hate the idea of punishing readers because they like a certain version of a book, and I generally prefer reward methods. So, moving forward, I will be doing the following:
1: Release dates will remain unchanged, with my Patreon users receiving the book (with special author note) 3-5 days prior to the release date.
2: I hired a new proofing editor. (Side note: none of my editors are paid less than $1k/100,000 words. I value my staff, they are paid only once for working on a book, and I refuse to pay a non-living wage for work being done for me. Period. I deserve to eat, and so do they.) As such, my base editing bill for a 100,000 word novel is $3,000. (It’s actually a bit higher, as my copy/line/etc editor is paid a little more due to having more work to do compared to the proofing editors.) (At current, the base expense to write a novel that is 100,000 words is $4,000, if I only consider cover art and editorial. That does not include copyrights, ISBNs, PA work, advertising, etc.) (Probably more than you wanted to know, but… yeah. Books are expensive, and I do not DIY anything other than, well, the actual writing… and I don’t technically get paid to actually WRITE the book.) (In my headspace, my Patreon monthly gig is my “day jobbe”, and I pretend I have a wage because I have a monthly sub… just please let me have my delusions on this one.)
3: I very much appreciate the offers to edit. I really do… on my professional team, I try to hire people who haven’t read my books and may not have a natural interest in them. The “I’m excited I’m reading this!” thing is a real problem in editorial; editors can love books they’re reading, but their job is to find typos vs enjoy the book. So, when I am hiring editors, I always go based on recommendations from friends–and I look for people who hire the kind of book I write without being a hardcore fan. (Bonus if they enjoy the books they’re editing, but I need this staff member to be looking for typos rather than getting caught up in the story.)
If I open up my beta proofing team to new members, I will reach out privately to those who may be a good fit for the little community we have built.
4: All vendors except for Amazon will have a short story exclusive to the novel in question. Yes, this includes audiobook formats. (Amazon requires that the aux directly match the book as sold on Amazon for audiobook formats. Otherwise their delicate little flower of a system breaks.) (As such, Amazon / Audible will not have the short story in question. The iTunes version of the audiobook that is sold through Amazon will also not have the short story in question for the same reason.) Print editions will have the short story no matter which vendor you purchase from. (The print editions are not influenced by the typo report tool, and there are no requirements to keep the editions identical.)
If you use Amazon and want the short stories, here are the various ways you can get them.
1: You can join one of my patreons. (Delivery method: Bookfunnel.)
A: This Patreon is a monthly subscription. In the $10+ tiers, you get all of the novels I release (Priced between $4.99 to $7.99, non-anthologies), plus you get read along stuff, behind-the-scenes stuff, and access to news before anybody else. You also get to help me figure out future project priorities in the form of polls. I also post photography there.
B: This Patreon is for those who only want the book and none of the extras. It is priced at $5.99. (Yes, less than standard retail of $6.99; I am paid much better over at Patreon, so I can afford to sell the books for cheaper. I receive the same royalty rate per book. The Patreon editions also have special content only available to Patrons, so it doesn’t get price matched with Amazon.) Starting with the next book, all books will be delivered by message only through a bookfunnel link. (Woah, a hawk just took out some form of bird right outside my window… well, that is an interesting start to my morning…)
Yes, you can join both if you need two copies or want to give a copy to a friend. (If you buy two, the license works like this… one for you, download the other via bookfunnel to get the epub to sideload, send it to one friend and one friend only. Your friend gets their license to have the book.)
C: Every rare now and then, I write a random short story and share with the monthly subscribers. So the Per Novel members don’t miss out, there’s a patreon dedicated to short stories. It’s been a while since I’ve done a short. But, when I do them, this patreon gets them. All money from this patreon goes to fund silly shit like diamond art, camera gear, etc. I’ll probably start trying to revitalize short story writing. These stories will eventually be released into retail anthologies, unlike the ones in the back of the non-Amazon vendor books.
(And no, I will not be going back and adding shorts to my backlist; this only applies to new books moving forward.)
Here are my various author names over at Smashwords:
Smashwords does look like it has a fairly robust system, including notifications of new releases, etc, etc, etc.
I just tried it, and Smashwords is super easy to use. You put the book(s) you want to buy in your cart, you can pay with credit card or paypal, and once you pay, it goes into your smashwords library and you are sent an email with the epub you purchased. It shows the cover in the doc version (bonus) but doesn’t nest it in the series (I recommend using collections to put your books in easy-to-find places in your kindle.)
The system was pretty easy, though, and getting access to the book was basically automatic; it showed up in my email within 2 minutes of finishing the purchase.
Unless you REALLY want two copies, please only sign up for one or the other patreons. You don’t need to be on both to get a book. BOTH get the books, just make sure you’re in the correct monthly tier.
I think this will be the best of both worlds… Amazon readers will still be able to access the books in a timely fashion, and those who use the other vendors (or side load into their kindle), will be rewarded for supporting me at a non-abusive vendor.
Please enjoy this photo I took at Pinnacles National Park.