Thursday, May 5, 2011

Monsters Among Us

I've collected four of my 99 cent e-books into one 115K word/39 story omnibus, Monsters Among Us. The price? $2.99.

Why would I guy do a thing like that?

1. Readers can purchase the content of four books for less than they would pay individually.

2. It would take six copies at 99 cents to equal one copy at $2.99 thanks to the 70% royalty rate.

3. J.A. Konrath told me to. *

Think about items 1 and 2: readers gain and I gain. Sounds good. But Aaron, you say, what about those 99 cent books? Aren't you cannibalizing their sales?

Maybe.** But I suspect bargain hunters will still pick them up. Monsters Among Us includes every story in The Bottom Feeders, Thirteen Shadows, and Violent Ends as well as "Black Medicine Thunder and the Sons of Chaos". It's all linked with a handy-dandy table of contents. It's also my first legitimate foray into the $2.99 price point. In the next 24-36 hours my second foray goes live. I'll talk about that come Monday... If you're observant, you'll find out sooner.

It's all a big experiment, after all.

* No, he didn't. But I did take the idea from him.
** Remember what I said about this being an experiment?

17 comments:

Laura Eno said...

I think that's cool. Everybody wins. I have no idea how to do a table of contents (with hyperlinks?) for an eBook.

Aaron Polson said...

Laura - This article explains how to do it for Kindle. Smashwords has a pretty good explanation in their style guide.

Laura Eno said...

Thanks for the link!

Robert said...

Gotta say, I love the cover.

Michael McClung said...

Sold! No, really. I just bought it :)

Aaron Polson said...

Thanks, Robert. I've been playing with graphics way-too-much lately.

Thanks, Michael. I hope you enjoy.

Daniel W. Powell said...

Great call, Aaron. I love the cover as well, and it just makes sense to offer different sizes/options...

I think $2.99 is a fine price point. Less than half the cost of a mass-market paperback, but all of the dark narrative goodness?

That's a hell of a deal!

Tony said...

I think it's a great idea. This way you can put a book up for more money without readers feeling ripped off. It really is a win-win.

You are a publishing machine!

Aaron Polson said...

Thanks, Daniel. While Konrath didn't really "make me do it", he does have some good ideas...

Tony - More of a tool than a machine. (ha!)

Simon Kewin said...

Interesting experiment. Best of luck with it; I think it's a great idea.

Rebecca Knight said...

I'll be very interested to see how this goes :).

I just came over from the Kindle Boards following your striking cover straight to your blog!

Aaron Polson said...

Thanks, Simon.

Rebecca - I plan on full disclosure. It's part of what I've been calling "The Big Experiment". Thanks for the visit.

Jarrett said...

I like this idea and plan on doing it too once my series of novellas is complete.

I don't know that I'll do all the combinations Konrath is doing, though. Seems like he is taking every possible way to package his books and doing it. I understand to a degree, but I just don't have the time and am not sure the financial benefit would be worth the time.

This kind of bundling I can get behind, though. I'll also be watching to see how it goes. Good luck.

Natalie L. Sin said...

Really cool cover!

Cate Gardner said...

You're a publishing machine. :D Love, love, love that cover. Very striking.

Barry Napier said...

Aaron! Aaron!

Sorry to shout but I don't ow if you can hear the rest of us due to this cloud of dust you have left in your wake as you rocket into the successful future.

Great idea, man.

Katey said...

Yeah, that's a very cool idea--then the bargain hunters, as you say, might find you through one of the smaller ones, and just pick up the big one after that. Love it!