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?