Long story short: With the inclusion of the pilot story (which is this book’s bonus short story), the book is going to be over the standard $6.99 wordcount threshold. Since Amazon readers (who do not buy on Smashwords or through Patreon) won’t have access to the story, the price will be increased to $5.99 as planned at all vendors. (as the Amazon version is below wordcount threshold.)
A reminder: If you want the $4.99 rate, you need to either preorder or buy on release day. No vendor will honor preorder prices on the day the price change is implemented. It is after release and after all preorders and release day orders have been processed.
I would not screw over my readers at B&N and other vendors, who do not maintain “lowest preorder pricing” algos, like that.
P.S.: My refrigerator broke yesterday. Bye bye, entire fridge full of food…
It has been a week, to say the least.
So, bonus for everybody off Amazon! You’re getting a buck’s extra worth of words for freeeeeee~
For those who do want to stay on Amazon, I recommend that you email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org and complain that their error reporting tool is making you miss out on content due to their policies, and that Amazon is not a publisher nor is it an editor, and that unqualified readers with zero verifications should not be able to force change on authors. (They have a tool allowing readers to review books. They do not need anything more than that.)
Should Amazon relent, the bonus story content will be added into the Amazon versions… but I will reward vendors that pay better and have better policies over, well, Amazon’s currently crappy policies.
P.S.: I’m going to be looking to see if I can get a version of the epub that has eternal scrolling enabled. This is an Amazon thing, and it highly irritates me that they don’t have it in doc versions of the books. I believe I have gotten the cover embedding issues mostly resolved at bookfunnel and smashwords, but it’s a work in progress.
Thank you for your understanding, and thank you so much for your support!
If you email in, informing them about how much money they’re losing through the existence of the tool is your top weapon in your arsenal.
A few things I’ve been asked:
1: Patreon editions will have all the bonus short stories PLUS the standard author’s note / behind the scenes stuff that the retail versions do not get.
2: ALL editions outside of Amazon will have the bonus short stories. Audible will not be getting the bonus short story in their version of the audible books.
3: I am NOT adding bonus content to already published works. The first book to get a bonus story (in form of a test pilot) will be 101 Ways to Die. Everything up for preorder will have some form of bonus story at all vendors excepting Amazon. (If you buy audiobooks on iTunes, please pay close attention to the chapter listings; Amazon forces distribution to iTunes, so there will be two versions on iTunes moving forward.)
4: Smashwords is my preferred vendor for those who wish to load books into their system. It auto-emails you the book on purchase, and you can then just forward that email to your @kindle email account to sideload it.
5: Patreon is not technically a vendor, but I really appreciate support on Patreon! Patreon delivers via bookfunnel, and it does require a bit more technical know-how.
6: If you use the Patreon per-novel, you will need to master the @kindle email sending, as I will be transitioning to ONLY delivery via bookfunnel link and messages.
7: Monthly Patreon subscribers will still get access to the download from post version AND bookfunnel delivery from messages. (This is due to how the different systems work.)
Now… off I go to finish the pilot short story and clean out the fridge. Wish me luck, I am going to need it.
This picture is one of my favorite photographs that I took of some pretty flowers in my apartment complex. I am just so pleased with everything about this shot.