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Dean Wesley Smith highlighted a comment from one of his readers (Teri Babcock) about ebook pricing in its own blog post. It argues for saner ebook pricing, and I mostly agree. I've been thinking about raising the prices on my two ebooks for a while now, and will probably follow through Real Soon Now™.
A telling quote I think:
Read the full comment and a few follow–up remarks by Dean here: The New World of Publishing: Book Pricing from Another Perspective.
I'm still a bit wary of pricing my ebooks too high, so the coming price hike will probably be small. I was thinking around $3 for First Time Fuck Buddies (because that is really quite a short story) and around $4 for Sister Bound.
After a week of vacation I seem to have been inspired to get back to writing a bit more seriously again. Today was a productive day, and that makes me feel good.
I'm a writer. How do I know I am, you ask? Because the act of writing makes me feel good. It's that simple.
But it's not all, of course. Part of being a writer is having other people read what you write. And hopefully like it. Or at least be moved to feel something by it. There's nothing worse than being boring, as a writer. As a person, really, but as a writer it touches on what makes you, you. And what makes you money, in the end, so it can be a real problem, being boring as a writer. Unnoticed. Forgotten.
Which is why you probably see a lot of writers trying to get attention. For their work if they're not too conceited, but sometimes for themselves. Those should probably just be ignored.
But the thing is, we don't know if you've seen our work if you don't tell us about it. So please do. Write a review, give it a rating. Comment on a blog post, or send an e-mail (mine is firstname.lastname@example.org). The author will love you for it.
This author will even love you if you criticize my writing. Not saying mean things, mind you, but telling me what's wrong with my work will maybe even earn you more gratitude than gushing platitudes about my greatness. I already know about my greatness. Tell me how to improve! ;)
So here's me, asking for some attention for my work. The little bit below is an excerpt from one of my WIPs. Unedited, raw. So it has warts. Can you see the same ones I already spotted? Or have you spotted problems I've missed by being too close to the material? I'd love to know. Leave me a comment?
That is the end of chapter 6 of my novel–length work in progress. It's about the journey of a somewhat older man as he discovers the delights of kinky, sexy games with three uninhibited young women. And somewhere they end up on a sailing boat. With ropes and rigging and acres of lonely water.
So, liked it? Hated it? Problems? I'd love to get some feedback.
And, if you liked it, or want to read something of mine that's a little more polished, try one of my already published books:
I'm late with this post. My next short erotic story has been available for a while now. If you haven't seen it yet, go here and buy it at one of the linked sites there.
If you do, though, please consider paying me back through one of the alternative methods listed there (or buy a copy later) if you liked my short story.
It's the first of a series, so watch out for more installments!
So what are you waiting for?
I've been busy writing a lot more the last few weeks. I've also finally started editing the draft of a short erotic story I had put aside a while ago. The first round of edits are done, but I'm not fully happy with it yet, so I'm afraid I'll probably miss the weekend deadline that I had set for myself. Oh well…
I'd rather really be happy with the published book than rush it out now. So you'll just have to wait a little while longer.
I started playing around with the cover, and came up with what you see here to the left (update: it's final, see the book page for Sister Bound for the final cover). I kinda like it, but it's not set in stone yet, so if you have comments, or suggestions, feel free to add a comment, or tweet, FB, or e-mail me. I love feedback, so don't be shy!
It's been a bit silent here for a while. I finished a new draft on a short erotic story (actually the first in a series) a while ago, but put it aside and for some reason I haven't felt like starting up on the editing and revising process on that one. I'll let it lie a little longer.
I've also been on holiday, so I was out of the country and away from internet and my keyboard. But now I'm back, with a couple of new ideas running around in my head.
Today I found myself starting a completely different short erotic story. But the lead-up to the actual naughty bits is taking a lot longer than I planned. Not that that is by default wrong or something. But I might need to rethink the story once I get through writing down the first draft.
Anyway, still #amwriting, just not as fast as I had hoped when I started out on this adventure. But come back. I'll have something new up. Promise. Just don't know when.
Meanwhile, if you haven't already, check out my first released short story: First Time Fuck Buddies.
This is pretty amazing. If your browser is new enough (and why would you still not be using one of the new browsers, such as Google Chrome or Firefox? If you can't use one of those, get a portable version which you should be able to run practically anywhere right here: scroll down to the “Internet” section) you should see the first page of my short erotic story ‘First Time Fuck Buddies’ in the embedded Kindle Cloud Reader here.
The actual text of the story starts on the very last page, because Amazon doesn't allow me as an author to specify where to start the sample. Which is a shame, as now you get a number of pages of front matter, and only the first four (yes, 4) lines of text from the actual story. Check it out here.
I haven't figured out how—or even if—I can change this, because I would much rather you get the first eight pages of my actual story to sample. Removing the front matter would be an option, but not really. I like the front matter in books. I'm one of those people that will actually read those pages, so to strip them out of my own books would break my heart. But maybe that's the only option.
For now, you get the first four lines.
What? Not enough, you greedy bastards?
Okay. Okay. You win. Go over here and just download the whole ebook. How's that for a sample, huh?
(Not interested in all the chatter? Just grab it here immediately.)
The surprise appearance of his sister's house–mate, Amanda, at his backyard pool ends up in the best sex Brian has had in... well, forever. Amanda had sexy time on her mind, but what Brian provides her with goes far beyond the roll in the hay she had been hoping for.
Both end up with exactly what they want.
Warning: This story contains explicit descriptions of sex.
Story codes: MF, consensual.
Length: Short Story, 5300 words, approx. 15 pages.
Read before you buy
I have included the following text on the copyright page of this ebook (and plan to include it in all following ebooks too):
What that boils down to is that you can get a copy of this ebook right here, as an easy download:
(Links not working? Send me an e-mail and I'll send it to you (it's less than 100Kb). Be sure to specify what type (mobi, epub) you want.)
You're free to download it, and read it, and share it with others.
All I ask is that if you did enjoy reading this short story, that you either buy a copy at Amazon, or donate a small amount of money here to my paypal account (see here).
Buying it at Amazon leaves me with a smaller cut of your money, but will help my ebook in the sales rank on Amazon, which is worth something, too. Either choice is fine with me.
If you donate, you can choose your own value to place on the story. Feel free to donate less—or more! ;)—if you don't think it was worth the price I ask for it on Amazon ($0.99), or if you just can't afford more. I do ask you not to donate if it's less than 10 cents, as paypal also takes a (pretty small) cut.
And if you do decide to show this ebook to others, please point them to the notice I included on the copyright page, or point them at this page, so they are aware of all this.
In fact, if you don't have any money to spare, I'll gladly take ‘payment’ in the form of a bit of publicity; point people to this site or my Amazon page, link to it, send out a tweet about it, post a Facebook link, whatever. I'll take (almost) anything. Just don't annoy people on my behalf, though. ;)
Good question. I'll be delving deeper into the issues related to my choice to do this at a later date on this website, but suffice to say that before I became an author, I was a consumer of ebooks. I still am. But not thanks to a lot of the publishers and webshops selling ebooks out there.
I personally am fed up with a lot of the ways the entrenched names in the publishing and book selling industry are treating—mistreating—their customers. I think that there is a huge potential to make a lot of money in this new digital age and that nearly all ‘established’ industries (music, movie, and now publishing) have failed miserably in how they try to adapt to the new realities of a digital world.
So this is me putting my money where my mouth is, I suppose. Well, actually, not yet my money. *grin*
So, prove me right, please, and (if you enjoyed my work) leave me a token of your appreciation.
Cecilia Lansing is me.
Dean Wesley Smith highlights a comment from his blog on ebook pricing.
Banned for a simple anatomy drawing that's designed to educate.
John Scalzi rable rousing against bad book contracts.
An excerpt from my novel–length wip and a shameless cry for attention.
I'm missing out on writing hours because I haven't set up a good workspace for myself at home.