Even though there are a few minor details to tweak, I have decided to call August the first my official launch day of “The Cosy Knave”. Any date will be arbitrary anyway as I cannot control exactly when the book goes up here and there, especially not when it will be for sale via Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, Diesel and Apple.
I know it would be a good idea to have a blog tour, writing one fabulous guest post after the other, to tell the world what has hit it. But as I tried doing something like that when I launched “Liquorice Twists”, I have realized that all the planning and writing of extra posts is just too much for me.
I took another important step as a writer last week. Someone gave “Heather Farm” two stars. It nearly led to instant magistricide, of course, but I remembered my determination never to comment on negative reviews. And after a day or two it struck me that I could check the average ratings of some of my favourite authors on Goodreads. I checked five British favourites and realized they all had lower averages than me.
Now I could have jumped to the conclusion that I am much better than I thought, but the obvious truth is that until recently, I have mainly been ´judged´ by blog friends who knew me already and bought my stories because they liked my writing style. Message to myself: time to grow up!
Finally a few words about my price policy.
Even though I have always felt $ 2.99 would be the right price for my novel, I have settled for $ 3.99. I have three reasons for wanting you to buy via Smashwords, however, which is why my compromise is a higher price but a coupon code for everybody which means you can get it for $ 2.99 via Smashwords.com.
First, Amazon treats non-American writers differently which means that my net income is 25 % whereas I have a net income of at least 49 % when I sell via Smashwords.
Second, Smashwords are smaller which means they don´t have to add VAT. Thus my books are much cheaper for many of my European readers.
Third, I like the idea of shopping via Smashwords. They are extremely supportive of their writers, doing all they can to solve whatever problems we run into, and even though I know I need the giant, I like the idea of having alternatives out there. Competition is healthy.
So to get a lower price for you and more money for me, use the Smashwords coupon PN22N. Please spread the word, it is not just for friends but intended as a world-wide offer.