I've been reading a lot about electronic publishing, what works and what doesn't for an electronic, or e-book's, success. One of the big things I learned is how important price point is for an electronic novel. The most successful e-books are not ones that are priced similar to their paperback counterparts on the shelves of mortar and brick stores but are priced similar to other e-book novels in the digital realm. There are some great articles out there about successful e-books, one found here in the Wall Street Journal, the other found here at USA Today. These articles helped me determine that the best thing I can do to help my two novels to find the biggest audience is to lower the price, in this case to $.99.
99 cents? That sounds crazy at first. But if someone is browsing for a book and finds interest in my book priced at $4.99 and also finds equal interest in a book priced $.99, they are going to go for the cheaper book every time (unless it's friends and family who are willing to help me out). The goal for me now is to figure out how to get people I don't know to check the books out, hopefully to write a review, and to recommend it to others. It's a given that the book first and foremost has to be good. But it's also important in the electronic world that the book be cheap and an easy buy.
The other thing I need to do, which I have yet to pursue, is expanding where the book is located. Amazon's Kindle is great, but now there are many other electronic publishing venues out there including Barnes & Noble's Nook and Apple's iBooks.
For now I'll take it one step at a time, lowering the price point for the Kindle and looking to expand both The Calling and Honor's digital reach. For those of you who paid "full price," I thank you. I'm sorry I'm just now learning this point, but it's a new realm of publishing, both for me and all the writing community.
The biggest thing you can do to help me at this point is: 1) buy the book through amazon.com (you can find them here), and 2) write a review on amazon (particularly if you're last name isn't Yocum!).
Thanks to all of you for your support, and I'll keep writing if you'll keep reading.