IWSG MAY Price Hiking Publishers Trying to Crush the Indie?
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I am ticked.
I have gone for the last few months to pre-order my fave author’s e-books, some of the big names, and the e-book price has been set higher than the paperback by the publisher. Paperback 9.99-10.99 e-book 11.99 to 14.99.
Price hiking. Really? A digital book, not a hardback book with pages that you hold in your hand that costs more to produce.
I canceled all pre-orders. For that reasons, I will no longer pre-order my beloved authors if the e-book is higher than the paperback or above 9.99.
I will not say I will not buy, but I will not pre-order. I am too addicted, and because the higher e-book price is the publishers fault, not the authors.
Notice paperback less than digital. Hardback only 4 dollar difference higher than digital.
I love these guys Nalini Singh, Nora Roberts aka J. D. Robb, Ilona Andrews, Jim Butcher, Christine Feehan, J. R. Ward, Faith Hunter, Patricia Briggs. I have many more authors I could add to list because this appears to be a new trend for traditional.
On the other side.
Maggie Shayne is another long time favorite, well known named author, that has gone Indie. She writes romance and paranormal romance. Her “Wings of the Night” series, hooked me with the first one in 1993-1998 when she wrote for Harlequin. I have followed her ever since.
She still writing, in fact, she closed that 20 book series and started another chapter in that series called, “Wings of the Night: Reborn.” Three books in now. I love the new restart.
Maggie says she is happier now and more so than when she published traditionally. She said she was afraid to make the leap to Indie. She was already established but is glad that she did, and she has never looked back. She’s turned it into a family affair with her three daughters.
***NOTE: I am jumping for joy. Maggie commented on my post. See what she says below. It is the first comment.
Okay, that is my rant.
I have been tweaking my website. I made my NaNoWriMo Camp April word count goal. I am 50% through my first draft. I have a bonus I am working on for my newsletter. I am working on a few short stories and flash fiction in all four of my series projects.
My muse and I have expanded our relationship with my series Apocalypse, Signed, Sealed & Delivered. I am changing my mindset, my habits and plans for moving forward.
My fear? My fear is that I will let myself down.