03-22-2011 05:16 PM
I hope everyone will check out my new read, I am doing it "episodic" so I can get them posted faster, I would love to hear what everyone thinks, its the first time I have posted a book on Nook. I think its a good read, specially if you like zombies, takes all the "Hollywood" out of the zombie genre and brings it all down to brass-tax....Please take a look, here's the link and synopsis
Alex McKowan had a normal life, good friends, a good job and a nice home in the country, far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city.
By all accounts things were going great--then events beyond his control and spiral his life into a nightmarish fight for survival.
Now Alex is in a daily battle; not only against wave after wave of undead horror but against fear, solitude, paranoia and starvation.
This is the first exciting episode of The Zombie Chronicles: Survivors!
03-23-2011 08:12 AM
Everytime I post it's blank!
OP, at 3.99 I personally wouldn't purchase a part 1 book. I am pretty sure others wouldn't either. If you're going to piece meal your book you should charge accordingly.
03-23-2011 09:39 AM
If it includes free updates, I'd be much more interested.
The way B&N works is that if you update the book, a user can archive and redownload the newest version, much like a magazine.
I'm quite surprised authors haven't realized they can sell a serialized version and have revenue from the get-go.
While people may be dubious of novels, think moreso of a cookbook, updated 12 times for 12 months.
Now, this takes some infrastructure, like a mailing list to notify people when a new update is available, but, to me, it makes a lot of sense.
If I come across a book that I think has valuable content to begin with, and I know that the content will be expanded (which I won't have to pay for), hell yeah! Sign me up.
I don't especially think that novels are the best way to sell something serialized (depending on the author/reputation), but cookbooks and other hobbies are a honeypot to exploit.
For the author, it let's you start selling early on without having a 'complete' book. For the consumer, they get free updates. Though in all cases, I think the original purchase should be substantial enough to stand on it's own. In a novel, that may mean a short story that has it's own 3 acts and comes to a conclusion, at least of that first segment. cliffhangers are welcome, but please don't let it stop mid-chapter without anything being resolved.
I'll likely try this myself with a kid's book. 12 serialized episodes, with gradually increasing price for each episode if you are a new purchaser, but those who get in on the first episode, have the lowest price and don't need to buy new 'episodes', they just get them free. I might even sell those episodes as individual books as well if you don't want to buy the whole catalogue.
Just a little thinking outside the box.
Think of a book selling at $5 and with each new episode, the price goes up by a dollar or so. $5 for 12 essentially individual books is a great price. Towards the end the price increases would minimize so it doesn't end up a $20 book, but I hope all see the possibilities here (including the possibility of getting screwed if not updated).
03-23-2011 01:37 PM
I think "serial novels" are a brilliant idea...and if done well and the value is there, then I have no problem buying individual "episodes." In fact, I am doing that now with another author: it's a 10 part series, one "episode" per month for the next 10 months. Personally, it keeps the novel "fresh" and exciting in my mind.
The only question I have is: do you already have the other parts "scheduled" and how long is the first part? I may check it out.