Hey guys, another busy week going on for me (as the players of the forum game well know—new thread up tonight, guys!) trying to finish up the formatting of the Complete Volume 1 book for The Descendants and writing the last few chapters of Soul Battery Book 1 (and dealing with title issues). Because of this, and because my special guest still hasn’t contacted me (I’ve sent her an email to see what’s happening), this week’s blog will once again be short.
I promise thoughtful blog post will me a triumphant return once I’ve got things off my plate and I’m not so stressed and distracted (oh yeah, my birthday was last week, so I might have also been watching my shiny new Lost Girl DvDs too >_>). Until then, I’m basically taking what would have been a news post and making it into a blog post instead. The subject is sort of connected to the aforementioned work I’m putting in.
Namely, it’s a bit about money and some questions I want to ask you guys, effectively my bosses, about how I might make a bit more. See, I’m doing pretty well for an author (not just a self-pub author, but an author), but that’s not so much a kudos to me as a sad thing for them. I’m still a bit shy of being able to ditch my computer tutoring for hire gig to write full time and I feel like I can get there by the end of the year if I reach. And in order to reach, I have a few things to ask you…
Question the First: What Extra Should Go In The Descendants: The Complete Volume 1?
I’ve got the Complete Volume 1 ready to go to be honest, but I feel like it’s… lacking something. It has all the issues, the Special and Annual, plus the ‘Who Is… the Whitecoat?’ one-shot. Buuut I feel like I owe people who might have gotten the Basic Collection books more than just the big compilation and a one-shot.
So the question is what more should go in there? Character Dossiers for the main cast (Updated after each volume thereafter), the Rise of Morganna mini (I was planning on releasing that as a book on its own…), the first two chapters of Descendants Prime (meaning there would be ebook-exclusive content, but not a complete new story). Something else?
It’s something else, isn’t it? What would you guys like to see in this collection… if you want anything at all; some people actually complain about ebooks with extras in because it messes up the page count or something. Erm.. nothing visual. You guys really don’t want to see my drawings or wait for me to beg an actual artist to do it for me.
So, you know, let me know what it is either in the comments below or the forum.
Question the Second: Would You Take Advantage of Patreon If I Got An Account?
Patreon is a website designed specifically for fans of an artist to pay them to do work. It works like this: I put something up there—in this case, Monday and Wednesday story updates a week early or Patreon-only one-shots you guys request—and then in order to read this extra or early content, someone would pay (in this case, a dollar, bu if you really want to, you can pay more because you really like me or something) to read it.
I’m not entirely happy with the idea of having something behind a paywall like that (I’m okay with ebooks, but having to sign up for a site to read my stuff isn’t my favorite arrangement), but apparently, Patreon can actually improve someone’s visibility and it might bring more readers to the regular site and ebooks.
My only issue is if it will be worth it: ie, would people actually use it and if being able to make requests of me would be something people would be willing to pay for. Again, it’s not a lot of money: a dollar every week or so for early access or something special, but I get if you guys wouldn’t want any part of it. And if you guys don’t, there’s no point in me trying.
Which brings us to…
Question the Third: How Should I Handle The Minis As Ebooks?
I’ve been dreading this, but according to my own reading order, I really need to release Rise of Morganna for the ebook crowd. Surprisingly, a lot of the people buying the ebooks aren’t even coming near this site, and Since A MagiTech Crisis is out… it’s time to explain Manikin, the motes, et all.
And again, there’s a ‘but’. Minis are just that, tiny. They clock in at around 10K words and I feel awful charging more than 99 cents for those, plus short stories don’t sell well besides on vile Kindle Unlimited, which I want no part of because, stunningly, there are fans who want to read my stuff on other ereaders. (I will spare you the rant about KU this week). I’m not sure if they, individually, will sell much if anything at all, but at the same time, they really make no goddamn sense lumped together.
Putting together the minis meant to go with Vols 1 & 2 gives us the aforementioned Rise, Liedecker: Life & Time Vol. 1, and The Whitecoat: Networked. Not exactly a related set of stories, and while I would collect them anyway, I don’t think that’s how a new reader should be encountering them.
Of course, I’m probably too close to this, which is why I’m putting this to you guys as well: which way do you think is best?
And that’s about it. Warned you it would be short.
Don’t worry about this talk of money. I’m not holding a proverbial knife to the site’s throat saying I’ll pull the plug if I don’t get my money. It’d just make my life easier and myself a lot more productive if I could focus entirely on my writing, get my car fixed, and maybe go on a little vacation one in a while. Nothing’s hinging on this, even if you come into the comments and swear I’ll never see one red cent from me.
…Please don’t do that though. I might make me sad on the internet.