The ¢99 price for First Time Fuck Buddies is no more. I just adjusted the price on Goodreads, Smashwords and on Amazon. On Amazon the change takes some time, so if you hurry you may be able to snag it for ¢99 still: try Amazon US or Amazon UK.
Now, I'm doing the reverse experiment. I started out pricing it at $2. Now it's up for $3.49.
On Amazon US I did see some movement when it was priced lower, but that could also have been because I added tags just about around the time I lowered the price. So I don't really know. I've sold more than I expected. But it's still a thrill each time I see that I've sold another one, so you can imagine it's not paying my bills. Yet.
There are two things I'd like to comment on. First, I've now sold into the double digits on Amazon US, but not a single one on Amazon UK. I wonder why that is. I do admit to adding tags to the UK site later, but it's been a while now, so I don't think that's the cause of the total silence in the British Isles.
Are UK readers not that into romantic erotica? Short erotica? Erotica period? I really doubt it, so maybe the cover is wrong for the UK? Dunno. I might have to experiment with that, except it isn't possible (as far as I know) to have a different cover for different regions in Kindle Direct Publishing.
Second, my “read–it–all–first—decide–what–to–pay–after” setup seems a bust. I've seen a number of downloads (also into the double digits, in fact), but no donations. Now, that could be because all these downloaders decided that it wasn't worth anything to them. That's fine. That was the whole point.
But maybe not. I'd like to think that in a sample that size there would be at least someone who thought it was worth something to them. So, did they decide to do something else besides donate a buck to me? As I explained in my original announcement, there are lots of ways to ‘pay’ a writer for their work. So maybe they announced that they liked it on Twitter or Facebook. Maybe they made a comment on their weblog, or someone else's. If so, I'd like to thank them, but if they did, they've remained anonymous, so I can't.
Anyway, this is not a complaint. Or an announcement I won't be providing my full ebooks for download here on this site from now on. Just something I'd like to understand better.
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I am Cecilia Lansing.
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