The Journal, Friday, 11/27

Hi Folks,

Okay, so for various reasons I didn’t get to the novel until almost 10 this morning. Ugh.

Still, I don’t usually hit the sack until around 7 or 8, so I should be able to carve 4 or 5 hours of writing time out of that 9 or 10 remaining hours. (grin)

The Day

Rolled out right at 3.

Reading DWS’ blog and the comments. Pretty good topics for the past several days, but also came across something Dean wrote in response to a comment:

[A] number of indie writers now are doing mass market-sized papers. And trade sized. The trade are priced high enough to work in extended distribution, the mass market size are just selling through the authors’ own sites and on Amazon.

I like it. This might be a way to capture those in-between readers. There are readers out there who want paperbacks but can’t or won’t pay the higher price for the trade paperbacks. That’s okay. One of the big reasons we do trade paperbacks in the first place is so the comparison will be there. When a reader sees a $15.99 trade paperback sitting alongside a $5.99 ebook, they’re encouraged to try the ebook.

But if they’re really hooked on paper, they probably won’t. Then again, they might well buy the less expensive mass-market paperback. Again, the trade paperback is right there beside it for $15.99. And the ebook is there at $5.99. And right between them is the mass-market paperback, a little smaller than the trade paperback but still in paper, and it’s only $8.99 or $9.99.

I have a feeling that the target audience that would buy mass-market paperbacks is about the same size as the audience that will opt for ebooks. Because of their price, I suspect trade paperbacks are the smallest sellers. So naturally, I’m gonna try this. And naturally, I’ll let you know how it goes.

Probably I’ll try it with three novels at first, and if I see a good trend with those, then I’ll do it with all my novels.

Okay, and all of that led me to spend a few hours looking for book printing services and prices in China and India. If the thought has crossed your mind as well, I’ll save you some time: neither was much less expensive than CreateSpace, especially when you add shipping and handling and the inconvenience of waiting weeks instead of days for your books.

Today’s Writing

Well, I missed my daily goal again, but only by less than 700 words. Not a major thing. The book is moving right along. I’m just not giving it quite as much time as it deserves right now. I hope to remedy that soon.

But probably not tomorrow. There’s football and I’m only human. (grin)

Fiction Words: 3365

Writing of The Scent of Acacia (Book 9 in the Wes Crowley saga)

Day 1…… 3887 words. Total words to date…… 3887 words
Day 2…… 3092 words. Total words to date…… 6979 words
Day 3…… 3365 words. Total words to date…… 10344 words

Total fiction words for the month……… 18816
Total fiction words for the year………… 592689

PS: Well, if you read this far, you win! I just read Dean’s blog for today and came back to add this. Yes, it’s that important. Please scroll down to the topic of the night and read it. And read the first few comments. Well worth the time. (grin)