No doubt about it, the way we read books is changing. I know, a lot of you still like the feel of paper in your hands. But know what I like better? More paper in my wallet. The cost of traditional publishing has gone sky-high, which is why so many readers are switching to electronic versions of their favorite books. $8 for a paperback or $3 for an electronic copy. It’s not a hard choice. And I no longer live in fear that my stack of books on my nightstand will someday topple and bury me alive.
Electronic books are a nice start. But what’s next?
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been researching something I like to call “Pay if you Wanna.” Meaning this: download a book, read it, then come back and give the author whatever you think it’s worth.
Imagine if you could do that in a movie theatre. I know I’d like to get back a lot of dollars wasted on terrible flicks. And all those one-star reviews on Amazon. I bet those folks wish they hadn’t blown their hard-earned money on something that turned out to be a bomb.
So here’s what I’m planning:
Right now, I’ve got #AngelWarz up there for your enjoyment. It’s a middle-grade urban fantasy, but written for ages ten and up. By the end of the four year series, our heroes will be teens. Not sure how to categorize that! I hate categories anyway. I like the genre called “Good Books.” #AngelWarz is an episodic novel, meaning you read an episode per week for thirty-six weeks (we break for summer). It’s a four year series, so it should keep you entertained for a while. Oh, and it’s free. For now. Once we bundle them into novel format, they aren’t free. Maybe. Maybe we’ll give them away and ask you to donate what you think they’re worth.
My next book, Camp Dogs, will be ready in November. Now, I plan to put it on Amazon, B&N, and others, but I may just try that free download from my website and let you decide what it’s worth as well. Nothing says I can’t do both. Camp Dogs is essentially the prequal to the Juli Knox series. You’ll like Juli. She’s the baddest sixteen year old in the new Wild West.
Also coming up is my contemporary YA, Now I Knew You, the story of a high school track star who gets a glimpse of heaven and all that he’s missed in his single-minded focus on his goals.
And then there’s Scorpion Summer, a middle-grade historical about a boy’s coming of age after the loss of his father aboard the USS Scorpion, the last US sub lost at sea in 1968.
And oh so much more.
Like I said, though, my plan is to offer these books up through the usual retail sources like Amazon and B&N. But I’d also like to give them away from my website. I’ll have a little payment box on my site. If you like what you read, drop me a few bucks for coffee. If you don’t, then keep your hard-earned money.
Okay then. Go ahead and start with #AngelWarz. No payment box for this. Just enjoy. Who knows, maybe my next book will be delivered in daily installments to your inbox. Now wouldn’t that be a cool way to read a novel?