Wednesday, September 5, 2012



Ecdysiat (n): stripper
A bit of an explanation for this word: I found it on the front page of the website. Click and see. It was a quiz asking whether ecdysiat meant an island or a stripper. Since I didn't know, I found it intriguing and thought I'd share such important news with the rest of the world. (*yes, I'm kidding about the important part*)

Today is another first Wednesday of the month and as always, a big Thank you to Captain Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh for hosting the Insecure Writer's Support Group (IWSG) on each first Wednesday of every month. Today, writers post their doubts, concerns and insecurities without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Others offer assistance and guidance in the comments.

For a full list of participants click here and hop on over to offer your own words of encouragement and/or assistance.

For the past eight months, I've sort of put all my eggs in one basket and now, it looks like the basket may have fallen, ten stories and splattered onto concrete.

Let me explain. I've been gearing up toward letting the the first novella in the Two Halves Series go for free in the ebook format on all platforms by price matching from Smashwords to Amazon. My objective was to give the first one away, in hopes that those who read it go on to be true fans and purchase the other books in the series (all four will be out before the end of the year).

Apparently Amazon is not being as generous in price matching as it used to be and takes a very looooong time to do so and they're choosing who they price match, which is kind of unfair (because everyone should be treated equally, right?).  Now, I've only set the price to zero for Marked on Aug 25th, which hasn't been too long, but what if they never match it?

I really want the series to be given a chance like other authors have through this strategy (and many were very successful).

I've followed the suggestions of other authors by asking friends to report the lower price to Amazon, but still, no price matching. :(

Looks like I may be eating scrambled eggs for a while.

What are your insecurities this month?  


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've heard you can get people to let Amazon know of a cheaper price everywhere and eventually they will drop it.

Ciara said...

I'll go report it to Amazon. I hope it helps. It's been a big struggle for us all on book sales and getting noticed. We will all get there soon. I know it!

Annalisa Crawford said...

Oh no. I've heard of other authors having the same trouble. Hopefully they're just being very slow, because it sounds like you've got your strategy all worked out.

Shelly said...

I'm feeling overwhelmed with all the tasks I need to do to self-publish. That's where I'm at.

Hugs and chocolate,

Kyra Lennon said...

Amazon can be slow sometimes, but hopefully they will catch up soon!

Melissa Bradley said...

I hope they price match soon. Perhaps they really are being slow. I've been contemplating self-publishing something, but I'm nervous as heck about it.