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An Apology to My Readers

Presumably as part of the resolution of disputes between the big house publishers and Amazon, the publisher of The General's Mistress has raised the ebook price to $15.99. I am so sorry. Please know that this is not my decision, nor do I get any of the money coming from this. This is not me trying to squeeze you. It is certainly not in my interest to price the first of the Elza books far above any entry-level reader's pocketbook. In fact, this will hurt my sales as well as damage my relationship with you, my readers. But this is not my decision. When an author publishes through a major house, they lose control of their work until rights revert. If you are interested in reading The General's Mistress, I will point out that there are many reasonably priced copies available on Amazon marketplace. And no, I will not get any royalties from used book sales. But you will read the book, and that is what's important to me. (The second Elza book, and the upcoming third, are published by a small press at much more reasonable prices.)


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Feb. 9th, 2015 04:48 pm (UTC)
Rare occasion when I'm glad I bought it when the book first came out, rather than the opposite! Sorry you've been put in this situation.

I will mention if you weren't aware already -- quite a few of your books are on Oyster books' subscription service, including the Elza books, Cythera, Stargates and Order of the Air. Possibly similar selection on Scribd as well.

Edited at 2015-02-09 04:50 pm (UTC)
Feb. 10th, 2015 11:46 am (UTC)
Of course I prefer if people acquire my books in a way that does pay me something, as this is how I make a living, and when people don't pay for my books at all, that bites. But in this case....
Feb. 10th, 2015 02:31 pm (UTC)
These are both legal subscription services -- my understanding is if you read over a certain percentage (i.e. 10%) the author gets paid a certain amount.
Feb. 10th, 2015 05:46 pm (UTC)
Oh yes. But unfortunately if it's a big house, the publisher gets paid a certain amount, not the author. With big house contracts the author gets zero until they "sell through" the advance. The way these contracts are structured now basically nobody sells through except bestsellers. That's because the percentage that goes toward the sell through is so tiny. For example, if you buy a book at Barnes & Noble, the publisher gets about half what you paid. And then the author gets 4-8% of that. So figure I get 5% of $7.00 per purchase. So actually when you pay $14.99, I get $.35 applied the sell through. The rest of the money goes to the publisher. So if the subscription pays $.50 per read to the publisher, I get 5% of $.50, or two and a half cents applied to my advance.

Righty. This is why it's hard to make a living! :)
Feb. 9th, 2015 07:19 pm (UTC)
I've found it in several local libraries as well, so there's always that option! Still, that's poop. I'm sorry :(

(Still working on that one, by the way, and lent a good friend Hand of Isis - he loves it so far.)
Feb. 10th, 2015 11:47 am (UTC)
Thank you. Library copies are always good, because the library buys them! And when readers check out and request my books, it encourages libraries to buy copies of the rest of my list. Which is always helpful to me!
Feb. 12th, 2015 02:15 am (UTC)
Just so! The library nearest to me seems to have another of your books every time I visit.
Feb. 12th, 2015 11:41 am (UTC)
That's great! Do they have The Order of the Air?
Feb. 12th, 2015 03:00 pm (UTC)
I think they may have a couple of the OotA books at the main branch, but I know for sure some of the farther-flung branch libraries definitely have some.
Feb. 14th, 2015 12:46 pm (UTC)
It definitely helps to have people request them. I find lots of new readers through libraries!
Feb. 10th, 2015 03:34 am (UTC)
You can also find it through worldcat.org and ask you library to request it by Inter Library Loan (ILL) if your library participates in that program.
Feb. 10th, 2015 11:48 am (UTC)
Yes, and as I was saying above, library copies are also good for me because the library has to buy them. And when people check out and request copies of my books, it encourages the library to buy the rest of my list!
Feb. 10th, 2015 02:30 pm (UTC)
The library also responds to multiple requests and buys extra copies to meet the demands.
Feb. 14th, 2015 12:47 pm (UTC)
Which is awesome. And one of the best ways I find new readers is through libraries.
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