So, I am thrilled to announce that the 5th book in the Zomblog series is out today. Zomblog: Snoe's War is available for the masses! A few things cropped up during this book that made me really think. The biggest was that the story ended and I looked at my word count (just barely 50,000) and I was puzzled. It seemed that there had been more story than that as far as word count. Now, I do not expect the Zomblog books to match the DEAD books in the word count department, yet this book BARELY qualified for a novel length. (50,000 words is the minimum standard.) I knew for a fact that I was not going to go back and jam in some useless filler in the story just to get a few more pages. I decided to tack on the That Ghoul Ava short stories that you can find if you purchase That Ghoul Ava: Her First Adventures. I included them at the end of the 6th DEAD book, but I know that it is a bit silly to think that everybody who has read one will necessarily read the other. I know I have a lot of crossover, but it is not likely to be 100%. That will hopefully introduce a few new people to my Ava books (which I have HUGE plans for) and justify the $2.99 price tag. Of course, if you have already read the Ava story...well, I do think that you will still find this Zomblog tale very rewarding.
So, once I gave it some thought, I decided that I needed to reflect the book size in the price. To quote Dennis Miller, "I don't want to go off on a rant here, but..."
Pricing is a real issue (and I may just go on a nasty tirade on the subject in the near future...stay tuned). There is a supposed "sweet spot" in the ebook world when it comes to price. Depending on who you are talking to, it is anywhere between $2.99-$5.99. Here is the thing, there are a lot of people who believe that low priced means cheap, yet the majority--at least as far as I have found--simply think that paying $7 or more is absolutely ridiculous for an ebook. Personally, I think that if you are charging $5 for just over 100 pages...you are ripping people off. But that is JUST MY OPINION.
I can't jump on that train. So, despite it being a new release, despite the fact that I could no doubt tack on an extra buck, I just can not bring myself to let the new Zomblog book be priced higher than $2.99. Is it indicative of lesser quality? I do not believe so. I just put myself in the place of the consumer. If I am looking at a book like the new DEAD that comes in over 115,000 words at a very reasonable (IMOA) price of $4.99, then the new Zomblog is worth $2.99. Could both be priced higher by a buck or so? Sure. But if one more person can scoop up my book at that price, it is worth it.
Yes, this is what I do for a living. Yes, I am trying to support my family on those sales. However, I am also in this because I am more than just a little egotistical. I love the attention and I love having readers. I check for new reviews every single morning as I get situated and ready to start my day. I actually get a little giddy when an email comes from a stranger that found my books or (even more exciting) heard about them from a friend. I dig hearing from groovy folks like SelinaLynn who gushed over being named in the new Zomblog: Snoe's War dedication.And then there are the honest-to-goodness friendships that I have made like Vix Kirkpatrick and Catie Rhodes (did you get your juicer?). Those are things that can't be given a price. That sounds kinda cliché, but it is absolutely true.
So, now I sit back and wait for the feedback...good or bad.