Woke up early this morning and snooped around the web, as I often do. Was surprised and delighted to see that Amazon.com has made two of my stories available as Kindle ebook downloads: Dinosaur Wars: Earthfall and The Re-Election Plot.
What’s especially pleasing is the pricing: just $2.99 for the dino novel and only 99 cents for the Re-Election short story. Now, I suppose an author should bemoan the fact that books priced so cheaply result in royalty payments measured in pocket change rather than large bills, but I don’t look at it that way. As a relatively unknown author, I’ve got to reach out to new readers and convince them to add me to the short list of authors they like to read. Given the huge number of choices out there, and the pervasiveness of poorly written stories–some by well-known authors–there has to be a way to convince the casual web surfer that this new book he or she has stumbled on is worth the risk of downloading. A bargain basement price goes a long way in helping with that decision.
Meanwhile, inspired by the ease with which I’ve penetrated the online book business, I’ve been in quite a fit of inspiration lately. With my mind racing forward at the speed of thought, I’ve been waking in the middle of the night, or jumping out of the shower dripping wet, or dropping my dinner chopsticks to rush to my computer and tap out new story ideas by the dozen. Both my Dinosaur Wars science fiction series and my Peyton McKean mystery series have been heavy beneficiaries of this tidal surge of thought. As fast as I can get them completed, these new stories will hit the ebook shelves.
Stay tuned. Much more good stuff coming soon!