As well as working part-time to pay the bills, together with my brothers and sisters, I am now helping my mother to care for my dad who has dementia. I urgently need to find a way to free up precious writing time. The only way to do this is by cutting out marketing time. That means making tough choices.
I love to hear from you and so far have managed to keep on top of responding to individual emails. I now receive over 500 emails every day. Please accept my apologies in advance if I do not reply to you. I can assure you that I read everything you send me. It means the world to me that you take the time and trouble to write.
I hope that my second decision will work in your favour. Six weeks ago I reduced the price of A Funeral for an Owl to 99p/99c. I intended this to be a time limited offer to coincide with a single ad, but the book has continued to sell at a rate that more than makes up for the price reductions. This has meant increased on-line visibility and a new following in Australia.
I have realised that I have a choice. I can continue to price my books higher, spend 50% of my book revenue and over 70% of my available time on marketing, or I can reduce my prices and hope to replicate this small success across eight novels. The decision to reduce the price of my ebooks to 99p/99c isn’t taken lightly. It doesn’t mean that I don’t value my work. It simply means that, in order to continue writing, I need to place a higher value on my time.
This realisation comes with one crucial advantage. People who buy the eBooks will no longer be able to lend them. Ebook lending has become so commonplace that it is second only to eBook piracy in terms of having a negative impact on authors’ livelihoods.
I hope that this price reduction will mean that more readers will discover – and hopefully enjoy – my work.
Smash all the Windows is a finalist in the Outstanding Literary / General Fiction category of 2018 the IAN Book of the Year Awards.
Winner: War Serenade – Jill Wallace
You may like to try the work of the other finalists:
One-Two – Igor Eliseev
Israela – Batya Casper
Of Metal and Earth – Jennifer M Lane
Mourning Dove – Claire Fullerton
Smash All The Windows – Jane Davis
Crooked Grow the Trees – Carmel Hanes