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Experiment #2

January 19, 2012 — Leave a comment

Twit Publishing is going to go against the grain on this one:

We’re going to do the unthinkable.

We’re going to . . . make our ebooks only available through the Amazon Kindle for the 90 days Select period. Mainly just to see how it goes.

Why, you may ask?

I’m glad you asked, I may say.

1. It’s a huge market. With the number of kindles out there, you get a lot of eyes. We’ve always been there, but Prime gives you a little more leverage for making your own freebies. Now, whether or not there is going to be just an expanded class of people that ONLY download books for free… well, people are like that, aren’t they? There’s always going to be the groupon-style addicts who, rather than supporting something with their money, struggle to find the next free item.

2. Quite frankly, I had issues with BN.com and how they cataloged our three PULP! books. I mentioned them on the facebook page, about how they essentially group them as different editions of each other, rather than as three distinct books. So, I am considering going to them after the 90 days are up. In fact, I likely will.

3. I’m retooling our PULP! books, and rather than submit them multiple places, I’m going to do a test case on Amazon. Inputting more links and metadata information to the books, like links to the author websites, blogs and twitter accounts.

4. It’s only 90 days. I look at it like any distribution agreement you’d have to enter into with a brick and mortar wholesaler. Importantly, though, we still are able to sell our print books through any retailer, online or off.

Overall, I want a readership to connect more fully with our authors, so the authors can become more recognizable in the long term. It’s mutually beneficial for all parties involved. They’re able to build more of a readership that they can take and hold onto. Quite frankly, it’s up to them on whether or not they want to keep the readers with us, or move on. It’s their decision, and the readers are part of their payment. If Twit Publishing can accomplish this goal by leveraging more free giveaways, then we will.

I love/hate this time of year!

First of all, Twit’s offices (our little, old apartment) gets colder than a polar bear’s tits starting right around now. Last year we had the gas heater running full blast with a space heater blowing full on in the living room, and still only managed to get the temp to 55 degrees. Luckily, last winter was unseasonably cold, so we’re not likely to have a repeat.

Second of all, this is the time for re-examining the year that’s just passed. You go and poke through its remains with a stick, turning over both the good and icky parts, and try to see what was worth learning. It’s like a messy, primal vivisection of your previous mistakes and accomplishments. Or, at least the way you remember them.

(as a side note, isn’t it kind of interesting that people have stopped writing journals, instead turning to blogs? But blogs aren’t like diaries. You can’t put your real deep down, dark desires or true feelings about your boss, your family, job, love life on a blog. Because, well, this shit’s public. I mean, I can’t go back and look at Twit’s blogs and examine my year. These are all focused on the company, not on me personally. And, on top of that, I still can’t examine what’s really going on in the company. We keep stuff under wraps, the same way anyone else does. Am I right, or amiright?)

And, finally, this is the time for resolutions.

What a crappy word, right? Resolutions. Doesn’t even feel right in the mouth. Say it out loud with me. Resolutions.

But, like I said, this is the time for them. So here’s mine:

1. Release three more kick-ass anthologies. Two PULPS! And one Dieselpunk.

2. Release our first novel and a couple novellas.

3. Release a bunch of free short stories.

4. Grow the fan base.

5. Blog more.

6. Guest blog somewhere. Wouldn’t it be nice to check your regular blog and see a post from yours truly?

7. Tweet more, even though I hate it.

8. Sleep less. Seriously, I like naps. A lot. I need to stop napping so much and, I dunno, sleep at night instead.

9. Finish my own novella. A couple, actually.

10. Start a diary. A real one, where I catalog day-to-day activities: “Wrote for an hour, argued with Chris about word choice in my short story for five hours, ate some green beans while crying softly for fifteen minutes. Napped.”

So, that’s it for me. Just a measly ten.

How about you guys? Do you have any? Or are you content to live your life exactly the way you have in the past?

Cause, if so, that’s lame. Real lame.

P.S. Did I mention all our stories are 99 cents now through most popular ereaders? I’ll post the links as soon as all the price changes have kicked in (in the meantime, here’s the kindle!)

No, that’s not ninety-nine dollars. There’s a period between the dollar sign and the nine!

We’re going down to ninety-nine cents because, honestly, we can. With ebooks, the marginal cost of product is zip. Zero. Nada.

Witness the awesomeness that is Twit Publishing Presents: PULP! in all its $.99 cents glory!

Thrill as you’re able to buy all three and get 38 freaking stories (or 200,000 words) for less than your next meal!

But, seriously, I adjusted the prices upward as a “why the hell not?” kind of thing.

Well.

A few days ago, Chris and I were sitting on the porch having a beer and smoking a cigarette, talking about the  release of future books and a few other projects that are forthcoming (details will be posted here, of course), and he said, “You know we wrote in the forward that we’d never price our ebooks very high, right?”

I’d completely forgotten. Completely. Forgotten.

So the prices changed back, at least on the Kindle.