The scattered thoughts of short story writer Sandra Seamans
Here's the comment I just left over there:Here's my 2¢ fwiw. You might be leaving money on the table by not making Kindle and other e versions available. If someone goes to Amazon wanting, for example, Pulp Modern issue #1 they can't get it. Left with no options they take their money elsewhere. A Kindle version would always be available and they could purchase it.I've read Uncle B, you know I have. Even nominated Funk's novella fora Spinetingler Award. I've always thought that, IMHO, it was priced high. Yes, it is six novellas, and is worth every penny, but clearly people don't want to pay that price. An ebook version could alleviate that. My philosophy is to make getting the book (and be extension reading the book) as easy as possible for the potential reader. The best way I can do that is to make it as widely available as possible. The other side of this equation is one you cannot control. As a reader, there are so many books out there that I can't keep up. I bought a lot of books when the market was dictating that the price be low, I also obtained a lot of books when freebies were the hot thing. That doesn't even count all of the other purchases that I've made. I've noticed that in the last few months my buying has actually slowed greatly because I've got so much to try and catch up on. I would also try to avoid phrases like "stubborn ignorance on the part of the masses." It's never the readers fault for not buying our products. We have to find them, bring them in, and keep them. We need them more than they need us. I had a conversation with Al Guthrie sometime last year and we both came to the same conclusion. That selling people good books shouldn't be this hard. But it is. We love it though and we keep doing it. I personally am not a fan of Kickstarting these types of products but certainly some have found success and all the best if that is what you decide to do. Again, take all of this fwiw. But you wanted an opinion and that I can do. Reach out to me if you want.
Yes, I was always surprised that they didn't make it available as both print and ebook. But then, Needle is strictly print and they seem to be doing well. It's hard to know what people will buy and how much they're willing to spend.
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