Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Price changes this week!

Just a quick note to let you all know that I'm adjusting prices this week on some of my books. This adjustment is going upward, so if you've been eyeing a title, you may want to grab it now. This change applies to both Sedgwick and Gates titles.

I don't want to get into all the details of why I'm doing this right now, but I can give you a quick summary:

#1) Amazon doesn't work the same anymore. FREE is practically useless when it comes to giving my books visibility. I might sell fewer copies at higher prices, but I will actually pull in more profit and probably gain more traction, because a higher sales price now equals a better ranking than a large number of downloads. I feel bad about doing this to my readers because I want to get my books into as many hands as possible, even if it costs me a little financially. I was playing the long game, but somebody changed the rules at halftime. Which brings me to...

#2) My freebies and perma-free titles have proven to be a magnet for trolls. Don't believe me? Scroll through the review pages of The Clockwork God or The Tinkerer's Daughter. I particularly like this one that came in a few days ago on Clockwork:  "feels like the author is stringing her readers with an eyedropper for gain. This is basically a section in a larger book, lopped off and sold as a complete yarn, which it isn't. Good writing, mediocre in its presentation and reach."

Yeah she thinks I'm a lady, but that's not the part that bothers me. What bothers me is that this book was Free. #2 in the series was $0.99 and #3 was $2.99. We're talking more than 200,000 words of fiction in three complete novels for less than $4. And this reviewer says I'm robbing her. If only there were a button next to these reviews where a thousand people could click "NO" this review was not helpful." (heh, heh)

At any rate, if any of you who actually like my books want to post a review (or ten), I wouldn't mind at all. :)  And if you have a friend who might like my stories, let him/her know that the fire sale is over. Grab 'em quick


  1. What a shame. This might explain why Amazon's free selection is not what it used to be. I just started "Should be Dead," my first by you. No matter how inexpensive books are I literally can't afford anything other than free right now. Will be happy to leave an honest review when I'm finished though. Good luck.

  2. Thanks Anon, I hope you enjoy the book. I will continue to do free and/or $0.99 promos from time to time. I'm also usually happy to give out e-book review copies to honest and dedicated reviewers. If that sounds like you, you can always email and ask for a specific title.

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