Ebook price experiment

Tue 6 Apr 2010 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , , , | 3 Comments| Posted by: Gavin

Just added a new DRM-free PDF ebook: Sean Stewart’s Mockingbird here and on Weightless for an introductory price of $5.95.

Once it goes live on other sites the price will have to rise to $9.95—otherwise they will drop the price to match ours and the author would get a pittance*. So get it cheap while you can! We also dropped the pb price on it (and a few other titles—including the Working Writer’s Daily Calendar which has dropped at least 25% in price as the year is 25% over!).

At $5.95 (call it $6) the author gets $3 a pop (yay!) from here/Weightless which is actually more than from Fictionwise or on the iPad/Kindle, etc., where the split goes:

Price: $10
Seller: 50% = $5
Publisher: 50% of 50% = $2.50
Author: 50% of 50% = $2.50

So the experiment is to see whether we can sell a decent number at $6 and maybe see if we should drop our prices on other ebooks. (Because after all, isn’t demand price elastic? So that demand should increase with lower prices? Well, so we are told and so we will experiment and see!)

* OK, that pittance would pretty much match the p-book rate! So maybe we will drop the price later. There’s always later, right?



Wed 10 Jan 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Good news for Ellen Kushner, her novel The Privilege of the Sword is on the preliminary Nebula ballot—along with lots of other good books by Rick Bowes, Paul Park, Jeff Ford, David Marusek, etc., etc. Barzak, Delia Sherman, Dora Goss, and many other interesting things on there. What fun.

Ellen will also be at the New York ComicCon at the Bantam Spectra booth and will be signing and giving away 100 copies of TPOTS (sometime between Feb. 23-25).
Lasty, Ellen reports that Privilege has been sold to a Dutch publisher. More swashbuckling around the world!
On rights sales that (sadly) really don’t have anything to with us except that it’s cool, Sean Stewart’s Perfect Circle has sold to the following: La Factoria de Ideas, Spain; Fabryka Publishing, Poland; and Karisto Oy, Finland.



Wed 10 Jan 2007 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Good news for Ellen Kushner, her novel The Privilege of the Sword is on the preliminary Nebula ballot—along with lots of other good books by Rick Bowes, Paul Park, Jeff Ford, David Marusek, etc., etc. Barzak, Delia Sherman, Dora Goss, and many other interesting things on there. What fun.

Ellen will also be at the New York ComicCon at the Bantam Spectra booth and will be signing and giving away 100 copies of TPOTS (sometime between Feb. 23-25).
Lasty, Ellen reports that Privilege has been sold to a Dutch publisher. More swashbuckling around the world!
On rights sales that (sadly) really don’t have anything to with us except that it’s cool, Sean Stewart’s Perfect Circle has sold to the following: La Factoria de Ideas, Spain; Fabryka Publishing, Poland; and Karisto Oy, Finland.



Fireworks +

Tue 4 Jul 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Get out there and celebrate the freedoms you have!

– Sean Stewart came and went and signed lots of books in the meantime. And … left us an ARC of Cathy’s Book — yay!



Flying visit

Thu 29 Jun 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Last minute notice: Sean Stewart will be here on July 1st (yay!) and besides quizzing him about secret projects he can’t tell us about anyway, we’ve asked him to sign copies of Mockingbird and Perfect Circle. So if you would like Sean to sign either or both to you or someone else, order now. Special offer below (shipping frrree within the US + Canada):



Good news for Elaine

Thu 1 Jun 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Elaine Chen, who painted the mockingbird and hand piece for the cover of Sean Stewart’s Mockingbird, has been nominated for a 2006 Prix Aurora Award (Artistic Achievement). The nomination is for the body of work Ms. Chen produced in 2005. The Prix Aurora Awards awards celebrate excellence in Canadian science fiction and fantasy. TT20 is proud to host the awards ceremony and related events at our convention in Toronto, July 7-9, 2006.



Silly bugger

Mon 15 May 2006 - Filed under: Not a Journal., , , | Leave a Comment| Posted by: Gavin

Some opinionist at Slate (in an attempt to get web traffic, therefore no link) says indie or local bookshops aren’t that important. We sell a lot of books at Amazon and in the chains but Small Beer Press basically wouldn’t exist without the support of indie bookshops. Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC, has sold 50+ copies of Mockingbird. Bailey/Coy has sold 200+ copies of Stranger Things Happen. These are booksellers who will read a new writer, such as Alan DeNiro, and put his book into customers hands — not everyone, but everyone who might appreciate it. Read more